It’s been a rollercoaster month of ups and downs for #TeamAlice. The downs, or rather one down in particular, has been particularly traumatic for #TeamAlice as we bade an emotional farewell to Alice OG Niamh. Our hardcore fans will have heard about this across our social meeja, but we’re saying a final official goodbye to Niamh as she heads off to live the Australian Dream.
We didn’t let her go before one final shindig. As always, we’re serving up the deets along with all our news and recommendations from our August shenanigans. Here’s this month’s #WhatTickledAlice.
On the Plate
For our last night out as a team with Niamh, #TeamAlice headed to Caffé Amore on George’s Street for dinner. All the food was great. We’re highly recommending ‘Tagliere Misto’ – a generous platter of 18-month matured Parma ham, grilled vegetables, an assortment of cheeses, and homemade sourdough bread – as a varied starter for a group. Panuizzi – rolled pizza dough stuffed with Napoli pizza sauce, creamy mozzarella, and toppings of your choice – was another highlight. Delish all round. Almost enough to distract from the large portions of emotion served all night long.
We’d love to tell you about the carry on that followed but we’re going to retain a professional demeanour for now, thank you very much.
Out and About
In news more celebratory, it was a great month for Alice’s Tipp contingent. Martina was in Croke Park and Emily watched from a stone shed in Meath (specifically Another Love Story’s wonderfully named ShiftShack) as Tipperary secured another Hurling All-Ireland. Both were as hoarse as each other come Monday with all the shouting and cheering from the match.
The highlight of Martina’s August was her holiday to Donegal, where she stayed in the lovely Caisleáin Óir Hotel in Annagry and travelled to Ireland’s most northerly point – Malin Head – for the first time. It was a short four-day break but well worth it she says for the scenery alone. Her stand-out moments included a swim on a deserted beach on Cruit Island, a boat tour to see the stunning sea views around the Rosses, and a delicious meal in Danny Minnies Country House restaurant in Annagry.
Katie’s August highlight was hiking with her little sister and a herd of alpacas in the Wicklow Mountains. You know? A usual Saturday. You don’t walk your Alpaca at the weekend? It’s a trek organised by K2Alpacas, and is a great quirky day out near Dublin. Katie fell in love with her Alpaca – Paul – and was a little emotional saying goodbye.
Rather than up a mountain with an Alpaca, Emily spent the majority of her August in a field with a can. It was a month of tents, rain, music, and craic of the very best variety, from All Together Now in Waterford, to Another Love Story in Meath, and a ‘Rose of Tralee’ themed 30th festival-party (‘The Rose of TraDee’ – Emily, ze German Rose, was robbed of the crown)! Her musical highlights include seeing the legendary Patti Smyth, The National, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Wailers, Saint Sister, Junior Brother, Glasshouse Ensemble, Attention Bébé and Ailbhe Reddy.
In between festivals Emily managed to squeeze in a long weekend visiting a friend in London. She was shocking cultured altogether, attending the Kiss My Genders exhibition in Southbank Centre and the free exhibition of work by Luchita Hurtado in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park. It’s far from Luchita Hurtado exhibitions she was reared. Her new-fangled notions loved both however, and if you happen find yourself in London over the coming months (or you’re one of our hordes of our regular readers form the UK, thanks for the support you guys!), she’s highly recommending a trip to both.
Darragh also ventured to Another Love Story this August. This was his second year and he was just as in love. With the people, eclectic mix of acts and the atmosphere as a whole. “Just stunning.”
Darragh’s highlight of the month was a trip to Budapest with the family for his sister’s 30th birthday. He’s telling us it’s a must. He’d return in a heartbeat for its history, architecture, night life and shopping. Drinks at the Fisherman’s Bastion overlooking the entire city was a particular highlight. The views at sunset are second to none.
On the Page
Martina is reading ‘Cook’s Tour’ by the late Anthony Bourdain, which is giving her itchy feet and a strong desire to visit Vietnam and Japan!
On the Screen
Emily tells us she has devoured This Way Up, Aisling Bea’s new show. Worth watching for the scene of her and Sharon Horgan singing ‘Zombie’ alone. As big fans of Aisling Bea in general, we’re all excited to follow up on this recommendation.
And there you have it. All the news and scandal from the last of the summer months. It’s been wild.
As always, we’ll back at the end of September with next month’s highlights. Hopefully not including a review of Martina’s leaving party venue ahead of her Japanese adventure!