We’re missing John and Martina, of course, but we’re keeping the spirits high with a few gigs, some nice nosh, a few days out and a bit of telly. Life couldn’t be better! Here are our recommendations for the week:
Out and about:
Both Niamh and Emily headed along to see Coldplay and said that it was magical. Croke Park was the perfect venue and was a complete spectacle on the night with fire-works, very impressive light production and staging and cool wristbands the crowd were given that lit up at various times throughout the gig. They also both concurred that Chris Martin is a dreamboat. Niamh said it was “probably the most enjoyable gig I was ever at”. So all-in-all every box was ticked and a great night was had. It didn’t stop there though – the soirée continued into the wee hours with a bit of a kitchen bop thrown into the mix. Who doesn’t love a kitchen disco?
Niamh also went to Two Door Cinema Club who were playing a gig in Trinity as part of the Summer Series. Although she hadn’t huge expectations for the gig, she forgot how much she enjoys them and really loved the set up in Trinity. It was all outside at The Pav which made it seem like a festival but without any of the queues or mile long treks to the toilets or bar!
Eva went along to ‘Happenings‘ outdoor cinema in Fitzwilliam Square where they were showing ‘Zoolander’. It was a balmy night so she thoroughly enjoyed it. She said the movie is still hilarious though some of the jokes have aged terribly – remember the tiny phone?!
Elaine is very proud of Thomas (7) who completed his Irish Water Safety swim week and even jumped off the pier in Wicklow Harbour – a rite of passage or a “Wicklow baptism” some might say!
On the plate:
Emily has claimed ‘The Back Page’ as her local, despite her living in Glasnevin and it being in Phibsborough! She had “the perfect Sunday afternoon” there, enjoying really nice pizza and drinks in their cool beer garden area with hammocks!
Niamh’s plate recommendations this week is in the form of crab eggs Benedict from the brunch menu in Beckett and Bull in Rathgar – a nice twist to an old reliable and she’d definitely order it again.
She also queued for about an hour to be served at Scrumdidily’s in Dun Laoghaire, and said it was worth it for their white chocolate & coconut sauce alone and would do it again! Be warned though – there’s always a similarly long queue and they’re cash only so come prepared!
In celebration of Thomas’s swimming achievements and getting a very big gold star in his school report, Elaine and co headed to Milano in Dundrum – always reliable, kid friendly and no hassle. They all loved it and it’s great value.
In the headphones:
Eva is continuing her love of podcasts and her latest recommendation is ‘99% Invisible’, which has now become a regular in her podcast feed. It’s all about everyday design and how it has shaped society; from contraception pill packs to photos of missing children on milk cartons. If you’re looking for a good one to get started, check out the ‘Mojave Phone Booth‘ episode, it won’t disappoint!
On the screen:
We’ve been tuned out for most of the week but we’ve been enjoying a few things online, not least this video from a few years back. We all remember Aengus Mac Grianna’s viral TV blooper which showed him fixing his makeup and adjusting his suit live on telly. Well, now it has featured in the new ‘eBay Prime Day’ ad and we’re loving it!
Looking forward to…
Emily is heading to Strandhill in Sligo with her pals to go camping and cycling, which is all very Bear Grylls! She’s going to brave the elements and chance a dip in the sea while she’s there. She’s also planning on cycling to Lissadell House and cycling from Sligo to Dromod – a handy 70km! We’re looking forward to hearing all next week!
Elaine and co are looking forward to a family soiree at the weekend and the release of ‘Cars 3’!
Niamh is very excited about Carlow potentially being in an All Ireland quarter final if they win against Monaghan on Saturday. It’s the furthest the county have progressed in 73 years, which, for Carlow people is “the stuff of dreams”.
With that in mind, we leave you with this image of Ireland which was going viral online this week. The lights are each and every GAA club around the country. #goosebumps