Cycling, swimming, GAA and gigs – we’ve been an active bunch this week and we’ve plenty of recommendations to share as a result for our ‘What Tickled Alice’ blog!

Out and about:

Emily and two pals headed to Sligo for a weekend of camping and cycling. They set up camp at the campsite in Strandhill, and she recommends it – it’s right by the beach, has all the facilities you need, and is a minute’s walk to the local pub. Ideal!

She had her first dip of the summer, cycled south along the Wild Atlantic Way and then followed the Coast Road all the way to Easkey – they even got to see the infamous Split Rock! Although the weather wasn’t exactly kind to them, they inadvertently ended up cycling 100km on the first day,  requiring regular stops to fortify themselves with Guinness and crisps (change from a fiver…you can’t beat the country!).

Sunday meant it was time for the tent to come down and to hit the road for Dromod in Leitrim, to catch the train home the rest of the way to Dublin. Sunday was “GLORIOUS”,and the scenery as they crossed from Sligo and through Roscommon was stunning, which helped keep their very tired legs going. It’s a great little country we live in all the same!

All in, they cycled about 200km and she’d highly recommend it!

Elaine spent the weekend with family – enjoying birthday celebrations and getting in plenty of swims. Thomas is enjoying his first ever GAA experience at the Wicklow Cul Camp!  


Niamh went to Longitude and said it was “GREAT”! Despite feeling well and truly over the hill with the average crowd age being about 14, she had a ball! The weather was glorious and Mumford and Sons closing the main stage were pretty great. Hozier and pals joined them for the finale which was a nice surprise. She got to see a good few acts all-in-all but her highlight was Leon Bridges – so talented and so much soul! She highly recommends a listen!

On the plate:

Eva headed along to her favourite Italian restaurant in Dublin – Mamma Mia on Grattan Street, Dublin 2. It’s cheap, cheerful and the pizzas and pasta dishes are divine. It’s also a firm favourite of Michael D and Sabina – she’s even heading back again with her entire family this week, it’s so good!

Emily and her biking pals had the best breakfast of their lives at Shells in Strandhill. Their ‘Buddha Bowl’ of coconut cream brown rice, homemade granola, fresh fruit and honey was to die for. They needed all the carbs for the cycling so she had that along with perfectly poached eggs and bacon. Would you look at at that little egg hat!

On the page:

As a fan of all things espionage, Eva is reading her first Ian Fleming novel: ‘From Russia, With Love’. Finding herself in the mood for reading something light and having watched every James Bond movie, she feels it’s time to get through a couple of the novels. She’ll let us know how she gets on!

On the screen:

The much anticipated return of ‘Game of Thrones’ happened this week which lead to Ed Sheeran packing-in his Twitter account after his cameo appearance. Fans of the show thought the appearance too blatant with “little attempt to disguise his cameo”.

Eva’s just finished watching the HBO series, The Leftovers. As with any good series, she’s absolutely gutted it’s reached the finale, especially as there were only three seasons. It took a completely different approach to a science fiction story; looking at how individuals react to a catastrophic event, rather than focusing on how the event resolves itself. Another one to add to our ‘Alice recommends’ list!

In the headphones:

Niamh enjoyed the live coverage on KCLR of the Carlow V Monaghan game on Saturday – it’s so parochial and very entertaining! Sadly they lost, but put up a great show and from what she’s been hearing the county is still buzzing from all their success this year – they have record Cul Camp numbers as a result – the future’s bright! #CarlowRising

Looking forward to:

Family: We’re all hoping that the weather picks up and none more than Eva who is looking forward to a family BBQ at the weekend. Likewise Emily is having a big family reunion. For the first time in around two years her immediate family will be all together as everyone reunites from home and abroad for a family dinner in the local Anner Hotel in Thurles, followed by a big barbecue at home in her parents house. Hopefully like Elaine’s picture to the left they’ll get to sit down outside, too!

Dunkirk: Dunkirk has been getting rave reviews so we all really want to see it.

Holidays: Niamh is looking forward to a quiet weekend at home in Carlow before she heads off on holidays to Portugal. Don’t go Niamh!

GAA: Tipp take on Clare in the hurling quarter final down in Cork this weekend, hopefully they’ll come up with the goods and we’ll get a day out in Croker! #TippTippTipp…the greatest chant of all time?

That’s it for this week – if you have any recommendations or inspiration you’d like to share with us, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!


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