It’s been a busy week for #TeamAlice and as usual we’re bring you all of our top recommendations for things to do, eat, listen to and see. This week, Emily went glamping in Doolin Co. Clare and is giving us her top pick for craic agus ceol. Niamh and Ciara have been to the theatre to see two very different but equally must see shows, and Eva has been revisiting a 20-year-old scandal through a 2018 lens. Here’s this week’s #WhatTickledAlice.

On the Plate

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Emily sampled Doolin’s culinary offerings on her camping trip and tells us that Gus O’Connor‘s fry-up is top notch, it’ll keep you going all day and Hugo’s Deli in Lahinch ‘have the most delish salad bowls and Portuguese tarts.’ It’s a part of the world that’s as tasty as it is beautiful.

On the Plate: Niamh tried ‘Mad Egg‘ which has just opened its second premises around the corner from us in the office. She went for the ‘Wild Thing’ burger which was really tasty, but a little hot for poor Niamh’s pitiable spice-threshold. Very enjoyable bite though and not too expensive. She has her eye on the ‘DIY Cheesecake’ for next time!

Out and About

After her glamping trip to Doolin, Emily would HIGHLY recommend it. Their cosy Mongolian yurt slept 6 comfortably. Top tips for the local area: a walk along the Cliffs of Moher (avoid the main car-park which is crowded, and charges, you can just join the cliffwalk closer to Doolin and walk to the main point); while there’s plenty of craic agus ceol in McGann‘s and McDermott‘s.

Niamh went to Coppers the Musical before it finished up its run at The Olympia last week and LOVED it! It’s belly laughing from start to finish. She gives props to the genius Paul Howard for getting it so spot on.

Back in Dublin Ciara finally saw Wicked in the Bord Gais Theatre. ‘Defying Gravity’ was everything she imagined it would be! As well as being a fabulous prequel to all time classic The Wizard of Oz, it’s brilliantly political with the devious Wizard stirring up fear and prejudice – “The way to bring people together is to give them a really terrible enemy.” Magically relevant to 2018.

At a more overtly political event, Eva had a productive Sunday, at the Dublin Cycling Campaign’s workshop for women cyclists and the #LiffeyCycle protest. Going forward, there will be a monthly protest calling for the Liffey Cycle Route, so anyone who missed out this time can make the next one on Sunday, 9th September:

On the page

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Eva has just finished listening to Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, read by Aidan Gillen on Audible. She’s amazed that it’s taken her this long to read it, but thoroughly enjoyed it and Aidan Gillen’s delivery is absolutely superb.

Niamh has just finished Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I know about Love’ and already wants to read it again. It is a bravely honest and touching memoir written by jounalist Dolly Alderton about the friendships and romantic relationships in her life and what they’ve taught her about herself.

In the Ear

Emily has been listening to a few episodes of ‘The 80% podcast‘, by Esther O’Moore Donohoe which she came across on the Twitter machine, so called because “If you resent the drive, ambition and achievements of others, then my podcast The 80%, is the one for you! I chat to writers, comedians, artists or anyone whose success I am 80% happy for.” She’s interviewed the likes of Amy Huberman, Doireann Garrihy, Emer McLysaght – it’s a good listen if in need of a laugh and a dose of begrudgery.

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Eva’s been delving into the new season of the Slow Burn podcast, which investigates the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, twenty years after the story first broke. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, it’s fascinating to revisit the scandal, which would probably be judged very differently by the media and public, were it to break today.

On the Horizon

Darragh and Emily are heading to Meath this weekend, to the whimsical Another Love Story festival. Here’s hoping it’s not a washout!

That’s it from #TeamAlice this week – have a great weekend everyone!



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