We were all super-proud of nailing two front pages and tonnes of coverage for our work on the Abbey of St. Thomas last weekend. Well done Emily! The rest of the week was spent at rugby matches, concerts, the cinema and oh, bunking down while #Ophelia passed by!

Out and about:

recommendEmily went along to the conference on the history of the Abbey of St Thomas, which was in the fab surroundings of St Catherine’s Church on Thomas Street – very cool venue. From there, there was no rest – she went baby-sitting five kids. Tree climbing ensued and Emily was fairly shook trying to keep everyone safe. She was delighted that she had an Ophelia day off to recover!

Elaine and Ellen were both on the side-lines of rugby matches in Wexford during the week. Ellen was cheering on her home town of Enniscorthy who were playing against her second home (Wicklow). Enniscorthy won, (Yay!) much to her boyfriend’s disgust #awks.

Elaine was cheering on Thomas in his first blitz of the year, also in Wexford. It was his first contact rugby match (ouch!) and he played a blinder, despite having tonsillitis!

recommendNiamh got out and about with puppy Maisy who went on her first excursion for a walk down the Barrow Track. Niamh is concerned that Maisy “has a few screws loose” but says she’s fitting right in!

Eva had a blast at the sold-out ‘Badly Drawn Boy’ gig in Whelan’s. He did not disappoint! He played a mix from his back catalogue – hits, B-sides, and a Bob Dylan cover. She said it was the perfect venue for a gig like that, though he hasn’t played there in 15 years! He dedicated the entire night to Sean Hughes, who passed away during the week, which, she said, got a great cheer from the crowd.

On the screen:

In a week where Netflix revealed that Irish people are ranked 11th out of 190 countries for rates of binge watching TV, Team Alice played their part!

A lot of telly was watched this week, thanks to Ophelia and Niamh even got a fancy new smart TV! She binge watched ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘A-Typical’. She thought ‘Stranger Things’ was tough on the nerves but that was nicely balanced by a few episodes of ‘A-Typical’ which is a great series about an American family with an autistic boy.  She says it’s very funny, nice and light-hearted and episodes are only 30 minutes long so won’t keep you up past your bed time!

Ellen spent a lot of time watching multiple Harry Potter films by the fire preparing to nest for Storm Ophelia. She’s also been tuning in to and enjoying Vogue Williams’ documentaries on RTÉ called ‘Vogue: My Anxious Life‘. Although not a huge fan of Vogue, she finds she’s warming to her more after watching the series.

Martina has been watching “far more ‘Game of Thrones’ than is healthy”! She’s on Season 5, so is catching up quickly.  She finds it gets more gruesome and violent as it goes on, but it’s very compelling!

She also watched ‘Tallulah’, starring Ellen Page, on Netflix during Ophelia. It tells the story of a young vagrant, who cares for a toddler abandoned by her mother. With no family to turn to, she enlists her ex-boyfriend’s mother for help. She enjoyed it and said it’s worth a watch.

Eva took full advantage of the stormy conditions and finally got around to watching the original ‘Blade Runner’ film this week and absolutely loved it – it even makes it in to her top ten! As a result she’s now reluctant about going to see the sequel. Will it ruin the original? Have you seen it? Can you recommend? Let us know in the comment section below.

Eva went along to see ‘The Party‘ in the cinema. It’s a short black comedy about a newly-elected shadow minister and her dinner party that goes horribly awry. It’s good for a giggle, though she wouldn’t say it’s a ‘must-see in the cinema’ type of film. Cillian Murphy is one of the main actors, and Kristin Scott Thomas never disappoints.

On the plate:

Elizabeth has been working the café circuit and trying out a tonne of new places while working on assignments. She loved Kaph. She said it does a great cappuccino and had a great working atmosphere (if you can find a seat)!

Niamh went for brunch in a new hotel/ restaurant called ‘The Clink’ which has opened in Carlow. She’s a bit worried that “Dublin notions” may be seeping into Carlow life as the menu was on an iPad but the food was lovely and she said it’s great to have another option in the town.

Martina celebrated Diwali in the best way possible… demolishing yummy Indian food at the Medina Dessi Curry Co… cheap and cheerful but delish!

On the page:

RecommendsAfter the last two excellent book club reads last month, (‘I found my tribe’ and ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ –  HIGHLY recommend both), Elaine is looking forward to getting stuck into the next read. This month there is only one book – Tin Man by Sarah Winman, author of ‘When God Was a Rabbit’. Watch this space…

In the headphones:

Martina’s been listening to lots of Ghostpoet, as she’s going to see him in the Button Factory next week.

Eva reckons all Inspirefest fans should check out their new podcast. It’s hosted by science journalist, Claire O’Connell curated and produced by Shaun O’Boyle and Maurice Kelliher. She recommends!

Looking forward to…

Elizabeth is looking forward to a much earned break from all of her assignments. She’s heading to Edinburgh this weekend… Bon voyage!

Martina is looking forward to a catch-up in Tipp when she heads home for a family dinner out in their local Thurles restaurant, Mitchel House.

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