This week, #TeamAlice went international – with talks on the Repeal campaign in Strasbourg; headed west for some R&R in Galway; and attended some of the non-official events organised to mark the Pope’s visit. Keep an eye out below for one our favourite Father Ted characters, Sr. Assumpta! We’re also keeping you updated on our top picks for Netflix to keep you occupied this weekend. Here’s this week’s #WhatTickledAlice. 

Out and About

Martina was in The Villager pub in Chapelizod over the past week – a great little pub with a real country feel, including much lower prices than in Dublin City Centre. They do good cocktails and, apparently, have a bottomless gin deal every Friday, though she hasn’t yet experienced that!

Eva Dowling Dublin PR AgencyEva was representing the Green Party at a European Greens conference in Strasbourg last weekend, speaking about her work on the Repeal campaign and reflecting on Ireland’s abortion referendum more generally. By all accounts, her speech was fabulously received. You can watch the whole thing here.

Elaine headed west with her family last week, pitching up in a beautiful part of the world called Corr na Mona, on the Corrib, staying in Clonbur. She highly recommends Burke’s – it’s a pub in the centre of the village with decent Guinness and great food. What more could you want?

Emily as St. Assumpta at TedFestOn Saturday, Emily celebrated the Pope’s visit to Ireland, not at Croke Parke but at a friend’s very own ‘TedFest’!  Emily donned the best Sr. Assumpta outfit she could muster. Doesn’t she look divine?! There was a Father Ted quiz, a ‘lovely girls’ competition (she’s still raging she didn’t win) and they danced the night away.

On the Screen

Emily has started watching ‘Orange is the New Black’ again, after Martina was so glowing about it in a recent #WhatTickledAlice. She’s also been bingeing on Netflix’s finest period dramas, the adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s ‘Love in a Cold Climate’, and ‘Lady Chatterly’s Lover’. Both good watches for rainy days!

Eva went to see Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and really couldn’t see what all the hype was about. Her verdict: it’s a fascinating story and it is definitely entertaining, but game-changing cinema or a return to form for Lee, it is not. Bottom line: this is not essential cinema viewing, but it’s good for a giggle.

Now that the new season of ‘Better Call Saul’ is out on Netflix, Eva has also been indulging in an episode of that each week. Even in its fourth season, the spin-off show is still growing from strength to strength, she says.

Martina saw ‘American Animals’ this week, an unusual but very cleverly-made film, telling the true story of four students who decided to steal historical books worth millions of dollars from their college library.  Dublin’s own Barry Keoghan is one of the stars, and she highly recommends it.

On TV meanwhile, Niamh and Elaine were both excited to see the return of ‘The Great British Bake-Off’ on Tuesday. Kicking off with biscuit week, there were more than a few disasters in the kitchen, but great viewing all the same and they were particularly fond of Noel Fielding’s jazzy shirt.

On the Page

Niamh has started reading Heartburn by Nora Ephron –  screenwriter and director of ‘When Harry met Sally’, ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and plenty more! She is thoroughly enjoying it so far – it’s really funny despite being based loosely on a heart-breaking period of the author’s life.

Niamh is also very excited about Dolly Alderton’s new weekly feature in The Sunday Times. She has been a fan of her writing for a long time and is now looking forward reading the weekend papers for a regular dose of Dolly!

All That IsMartina has just started reading ‘All That Is’ by James Salter. It’s too soon to give a verdict yet, as she’s only 30 pages into it, but is looking forward to finding out how it unfolds.

Coming up this weekend, we’ll be out and about at Electric Picnic and India Day, and Emily’s jetting off to Vietnam!  Have a great weekend, everyone 😊


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