It’s Friday which means it’s time for another dose of #TeamAlice’s top recommendations and news on this week’s adventures. From hidden taverns below the streets of Dublin to the most exciting home-grown musicians and events, we’ve got lots for you to do, watch, read and eat. Read on to find out #WhatTickledAlice this week.
Out and About
Last night, Emily went to see Saint Sister‘s headline gig in The Olympia, havingn seen them before at a few events. As we all know she’s a major fangirl and it didn’t disappoint. Highlights included a guest appearance by Irish hip-hop artist Jafaris who sang with them on their song ‘Causing Trouble‘, and their closing acapella version of Dreams by The Cranberries. A dream in itself!
Last weekend, Martina saw ‘Hamlet‘ at the Gate Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. It was a real treat to see the amazing Ruth Negga perform in the lead role, alongside many of Ireland’s best-known theatre actors.
Martina was also at Dublin Castle for Michael Palin’s talk as part of the Dublin Festival of History, one of our new favorite events. She found it really interesting and has subsequently been completely immersed in reading about Arctic and Antarctic exploration, as she’s ploughing through Ed O’Loughlin’s ‘Minds of Winter.’
Kendall ventured down to Cork with a few friends last weekend. After breakfast at Farm Gate Café on the second story of the English Market – delicious and quaint – she headed out to Blarney Castle. The bus ride alone was beautiful. Having kissed the Blarney stone, along with the hundreds of other tourists (a bit gross!), she hasn’t stopped chatting all week.
On the Plate
Martina was at Chez Max at the gates of Dublin Castle, following the Michael Palin talk last week. It’s one of her favourite restaurants in Dublin for its authentically French atmosphere, nice wine and delicious mussels. And, despite being very much on the tourist trail, it’s good value.
Martina also headed over to Fish Shop on Benburb Street this week for a delicious fish burger. She loves this tiny walk-ins-only venue, and highly recommends it for fans of seafood and its great selection of wines.
Darragh went to Red Bank, on Duke St. on Thursday with a couple of friends. It’s one of his favourite spots in Dublin for a quiet drink – a cosy tavern hidden away below the street. They order in Dublin Pizza Company for customers – up there with the best for pizza, and while they only serve wine, it’s a great selection. It’s a super cosy little place and the owners are lovely.
On the Screen
Martina was delighted to see her old schoolmate, Kerry Condon, in the lead role of the new Sharon Horgan comedy, ‘Women on the Verge’, and enjoyed the first episode. Also this week, she caught an episode of the really fascinating RTÉ documentary, ‘Great Lighthouses of Ireland‘, and is looking forward to seeing more.
Meanwhile, Niamh has been really enjoying the BBC drama The Cry, about a couple whose baby is abducted. She’s a sucker for a good drama – and so far, so good. Like Martina she also watched Sharon Horgan’s new comedy – ‘Women on the Verge’ and enjoyed it just as much as Martina.
Darragh watched Whiplash this week for the first time and loved it! Tough to watch at times but really gripping. It’s one to get you thinking about how much a person should be and can be pushed to be great. It’s now on Netflix, and a great watch!
On the Horizon
We’re in the run up to one of the year’s biggest sporting events, Emily’s looking forward to hopefully having a successful weekend with her last camogie game of the season. Her team, Kevin’s Portobello, are in a shield final against St. Vincent’s this Sunday, so fingers crossed. Good luck from everyone here at Alice!
That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and let us know about the activities and events you’re recommending!