What a month of achievements and announcements for #TeamAlice! From our newly elected Councillor to a Young Communications Professional of the Year nominee in the PRII Awards. Listen, you get it – we’ve been banging going on about it for the last two weeks. But we do also have other news for you in this month’s #WhatTickledAlice. As always, we’re bringing you our top picks for delicious dining, the best attractions if you’re out and about, and unmissable TV and cinema. Handily, just in time for the long weekend! Impeccable timing if we do say so ourselves. Here’s what’s been tickling Alice this May…
Out and About
The highlight of Emily’s month was a fabulous hen party in the decadent surroundings of Roundwood House, Mountrath, County Laois. A gorgeous Georgian house on a sprawling estate, with hens, dogs, geese and ducks wandering free around the grounds – a far cry from blow-up dolls in Langtons. She’s highly recommending it as a location for a party, family gathering or a very intimate wedding – the food was top notch, particularly the breakfast. She’d less so recommend playing rounders with old school friends from rival parishes… there were a few bruises knocking about on the way home. #ladies
Darragh attended the Cannes Young Lions Winners’ Showcase this month to watch presentations from the Irish winners in each category, ahead of the international event this June. He tells us the final campaigns presented were incredibly impressive, innovative and an indication of the exciting talent amongst the creative industries in Ireland.
Martina visited the little-known wild rhododendron garden in Howth in early May. The giant rhododendrons are growing up the cliff-face behind the Deer Park Hotel and Golf Club, and there’s a lovely woodland walk all around them. It’s the perfect time of year to visit, as they’re in full bloom and the ground is carpeted with their colourful petals… You can read more about them here.
On the Plate
This month, Martina celebrated her one-year anniversary! She celebrated the occasion with a meal in Pickle (where she celebrated her Sikh wedding last year) and spent a long weekend in Screeb in Connemara. She was really lucky with the weather, getting to see Connemara at its finest and enjoying a lovely hike on the soon-to-be-further-developed Greenway outside of Clifden…
La Bodega in Ranelagh was a culinary highlight for Young Communications Professional of the Year nominee Niamh (sorry, last time!) this month. She tells us they have a great menu full of lots of delicious tapas options, and really reasonably priced too! Niamh and friends then nipped over the road to wash it all down with a glass of wine on the balcony of The Devlin – pure notions!
On the Screen
Martina – like millions of people across the globe – was glued to the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’. A couple of the episodes gave her sleepless nights. She’s still digesting it all and has plans to re-watch the entire show over the winter months.
Our regular readers – google analytics tells us there at least three – will remember Darragh recommending RBG, a documentary on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg which he saw in Light House Cinema during a limited run of viewings. Good news – It’s now on Netflix! It’s an inspiring and humorous telling of the story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the formidable pioneer in gender equality activism who has helped shape the modern world. It’s an uplifting watch, perfect for the long weekend.
This month Darragh went to see Rocketman, the new Elton John biopic. He’s obsessed, and has had his earphones in ever since, blasting the soundtrack with reworked versions of hits such as Crocodile Rock and an amazing cover of ‘I’m Still Standing’. He tells us he didn’t know all that much about Elton’s early years but this film reveals the traumatic story behind one of the worlds greatest rock stars. It’s a great film, not only about the life of Elton John but also the glamour and debauchery of the 70s – and its consequences.
That’s it for this month. Enjoy the long weekend!