As summer officially draws to a close, #TeamAlice have been making the most of the last of it at Electric Picnic, India Day and the Farm Market at Killruddery House & Gardens. We’ve also been catching up on what’s new on TV and the best books to read for those darker autumn nights in. Here’s our top picks in this week’s #WhatTickledAlice.

Out and About

PR Agency Dublin at Electric PicnicNiamh was at Electric Picnic at the weekend for the last big summer festival, and it didn’t disappoint. She got to see loads of her favourite artists, eat some great food and frolic around the fields of Stradbally. Having recovered from the weekend, she was one of the lucky few to get her hands on tickets to see Hozier at an intimate ‘rehearsal’ gig in the Academy on Wednesday. He did three gigs this week, all for charity, to coincide with the launch of his new EP. The gig was brilliant and, at the request of Hozier himself, phone-free! It was lovely.

Darragh went to PHX for a lazy Sunday lunch and was really impressed! Verdict – everything was delicious and incredibly reasonable, 2 courses for €16 and 3 for €18. He had the Creamy Garlic Chicken and the Lemon and Herb Risotto. Both perfect! On Tuesday evening, he went to The Porterhouse for their new music bingo night – a great evening’s fun. Rather than numbers being called out, classic songs are blared with a race to meet the DJ when you get bingo. Prizes are pints, the tunes are great. It’s a perfect night for some mid-week fun.

Martina Quinn at India DayMartina visited the India Day celebrations at Farmleigh last weekend – a nice chilled day, sitting in the sunshine, watching Indian dance performances and sampling some tasty food.

Ciara visited the Farm Market at Killruddery House & Gardens. It takes place every Saturday 10am to 3pm in the sheltered Horse Yard and Grain Store so it’s perfect for a visit now that the weather is getting colder.

On the Page

Following Emily’s recommendation, Martina was engrossed in Sally Rooney’s ‘Conversations with Friends’ this week.  She’d read so much hype about this author that she was nervous the book wouldn’t live up to it, but she found it a gripping read.

Darragh has started reading Donal Ryan’s new novel, ‘From a Low and Quiet Sea’. A novel weaving together the stories of three very different characters, the first part of the book tells the story of hundreds of thousands of refugees through one man’s experience, giving a human face to numbers and context to the headlines.

On the Screen

With the long Summer evenings closing in, we’re prepping ourselves for cosy nights in. Ciara has been watching the BBC’s new drama, ‘The Bodyguard’. It’s a six-part series with special protection officer David Budd assigned to protect the ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose politics stand for everything he despises. Episode Four is on this Sunday.

Martina watched ‘Tag‘, a fairly mindless comedy based on the true story of a group of (fully grown!) men who spent over 20 years playing the same game of Tag – devoting the month of May each year to the game and going to great lengths to sneak up on and tag each other.  The most interesting thing about the movie is the fact that the story – which seems too ridiculous to be true – is based on real life!

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and let us know what you got up to.

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