It’s Friday, so #TeamAlice are bringing you our top recommendations, from the best pub lunches to the must-see acts at this weekend’s music festivals! If you’re thinking about getting away for the long weekend, Martina has been exploring the beautiful coastline of Wexford and is bringing you her highlights. Darragh has been in on a bit of a movie marathon and has a varied list for some Sunday binges. Here’s #WhatTickledAlice.

 

On the Plate

While in Wexford, in the little fishing village of Fethard-on-Sea, Martina visited an old favourite, Kevin Dundon’s pub, The Local, at Dunbrody House and had lunch with a view at Templars Inn near Hook Head. Both are great, and absolutely delicious.

 

Emily called into her local café, McMahon’s on Botanic Avenue, for a casual Saturday lunch and highly recommends the beef sandwich on sourdough, perfect for some long weekend sustenance!

 

Out and About

Wexford BeachMartina’s top recommendations for Wexford’s Fethard-on-Sea include visits to Hook Head Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world; Tintern Abbey; the beautiful Colclough Walled Garden; and there are lots of amazing beaches to explore, also.

 

Walking through Smithfield, Darragh stumbled upon the world music festival ‘Hotter than July’. The variety of acts and genres made for a great atmosphere and real sense of how multi-cultural Dublin has become. A particular highlight was a dance act called ‘It Takes a Village’ by the Big Bang Dance Project which brought together professional dancers and residents of direct provision centres, in a really powerful performance.

 

Niamh on her new bike Last weekend, Niamh jumped on her brand-new bike (she has fallen completely in love!) and headed off to Bushy Park, a wild and leafy hidden gem among the suburbs of South Dublin.

 

On the Screen

This week, Darragh has been catching up on films old and new and has a couple of must-sees, perfect for the long weekend. Mamma Mia: Here we Go Again was as fabulously over-the-top as the first. While the songs are a little less recognisable, this one has Cher. ‘Nuff said!

 

Darragh also watched Lion this week, a 2016 film based on the true story of a five-year-old Indian boy who falls asleep on a decommissioned train and wakes up 1,600 miles away. It has taken its place as one of Darragh’s top films of all time and he cannot recommend seeing it enough.

 

A final recommendation from this week’s movie binge is The Last Station, a film telling the story of the end of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s life. If the story itself wasn’t gripping enough, as dramatic and moving as a Tolstoy novel, there is a formidable cast of: Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McEvoy and Anne-Marie Duff.

 

On the Horizon

All Together NowThis weekend, Eva and Emily are heading off to two of the Summer’s most anticipated festivals: Beatyard and All Together Now.

 

Amongst the amazing Beatyard line-up, Eva’s top picks are Modeselektor, Little Dragon, Daphni and Kiasmos. If you’re heading along, they’re not to be missed.

 

Emily will be venturing down to Waterford for the inaugural All Together Now, and is recommending Chaka Khan for a bop tonight, First Aid Kit for some chilled Sunday vibes and all the culinary delights of the Food and Feast area, which are bringing festival dining to a whole new level. Emily’s thoughts: ‘It’s gonna be class’.

 

Have a great long weekend everyone!

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