And just like that, it’s Friday again! You know that that means, it’s your recommended weekly allowance of #WhatTickledAlice. From the best music acts to check out,  top tips if you’re down Wicklow way, and our chosen telly picks, have a read if you’re in need of some recommendations! 

Out and About

Elaine staycationed recently, and has some top-tips for what to do in Wicklow, including Clara Lara Funpark for a great family day out; Greenan Maze & Museum, which boasts face painting, a fairy woodland trail, museum, farm and of course, the maze – lots to do and great value; and Killruddery – lovely walks, rock climbing if you are so inclined, a great little café, animals and a sand pit. Fun for all the family! *Elaine did not receive a gratuity from Wicklow Tourism for these recommendations.

Emily went along to All Together Now festival in Waterford last weekend, and said it was the best festival she’s been to. A big claim! From the stunning surroundings of Curraghmore Estate, the chilled-out vibes that come with a slightly older crowd, the amazing installations and deadly music, it had it all. Her personal musical highlights were Chaka Khan, Saint Sister, and First Aid Kit – so much so she’s just bought tickets to see Saint Sister and First Aid Kit play their upcoming gigs. Be sure to put All Together Now in your calendar for 2019!  

Eva thoroughly enjoyed the festivities at Beatyard last weekend. The highlight was easily Modeselektor, who headlined on the Saturday night. It’s such a well-organised festival, with loads of good acts and tasty food, so it’s definitely a firm favourite in the festival calendar.

On the Screen

Elaine has been watching two very different programmes starring Stephen Mangan and loving both – the first is The Split which is being repeated on RTE 1 at the moment – lots of marital and relationship complications, but very good. The other one is ‘Hang Ups’ which started on Channel 4 last night which sees Mangan as a counsellor operating his new service with clients via Skype. Lots of great actors on-board – Charles Dance, Richard E. Grant, David Tennant. Thoroughly entertaining but she wishes it was longer!

Emily finally got around to watching ‘Jackie’ on Netflix, focusing on Jackie Kennedy in the days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, told through an interview with a reporter. It wasn’t quite what she expected but she thought Natalie Portman’s performance was superb.

On the Page

On the Page: Niamh has a great recommendation for a solid holiday read this week. While away in Italy she flew through ‘This is Going to Hurt‘. A non-fiction book written like a series of diary entries by a student doctor. It really gives you an brilliant insight into the manic lives they live, and also opens your eyes to how much we totally trust doctors to know what they’re doing and so often they don’t! It’s surprisingly laugh-out-loud funny, but serious and sensitive at all the right times.

On the Horizon

This weekend, Emily is off to Doolin in County Clare to go glamping, mind you! She’s hoping to get some surfing in and maybe the odd pint of Guinness and traditional music. Not all at once.

This weekend the Dublin Cycling Campaign are running loads of great events, which Eva is heading along to. On Sunday morning they’re hosting a workshop to explore why only 30 per cent of Dublin cyclists are women. Later on they’ll be hosting a Liffey Cycle Protest ‘What so we want? The Liffey Cycle Route! When do we want it? Now!!!’

That’s it from us, have a great weekend everyone!

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