It’s back to the grindstone for everyone at #TeamAlice this week – all except for John who’s feeling under the weather 😷 – get well soon John! Feeling fully refreshed from our various holidays, the rest of us met up for a staff planning meeting on Tuesday and we’re all full of inspiration and great ideas!

Out and about:

#TeamAlice PortugalEmily is back from her fab time in Portugal – she went to Porto, Aveiro and Lisbon, with Porto being her favourite of the three. It’s a really small city so easy to wander around, while it’s full of tourists it wasn’t overly touristy, and delicious fresh fish – and the local tipple – port wine, around every corner. They went port wine tasting which she said was a highlight.

The beaches around Aveiro are also beautiful. It is a small city on the coast between Lisbon and Porto with a little canal network and it’s really pretty. Lots of tourists but very few English speaking ones which was nice for a change. She loved Lisbon too and definitely wants to go back to explore more of it.

#TeamAliceEva went to the Young Green Party’s disco party, a fundraiser to support Cllr Ossian Smyth and Cllr Roderic O’Gorman,  on the Cill Airne boat – much fun was had! She also headed to Beatyard with her friends for a 30th birthday party which by all accounts was absolutely brilliant and as she expected, Bantum and Air were both pretty fantastic!

Martina was in Croker on Sunday to see Tipp beaten by a point in the final minute which was devastating but they played well so she was proud of them! G’wan Tipp!

Despite dodging downpours, she spent the long weekend catching up with different friends – by means of a dinner parties, barbecues, and an attempt at a very soggy picnic in St. Anne’s Park.

Niamh had a lovely chilled weekend at home and even ventured to the beach with her sister and parents. It was pretty miserable weather but they managed to go for a nice walk in between showers on Blackwater beach and then drove to Curracloe for a swim! She said it was totally Baltic but very refreshing! She hadn’t had a swim in Ireland yet this year so that’s that box ticked now!

#TeamAlice Elaine and co had a great time in Ardmore – home from home – swimming, eating and having the gab. Closer to home, they really enjoyed Wexford Lavender Farm where they went for a spin on a train, picked lavender, went on a muddy walk and ate fab homemade cake in the little café. A great day out!

On the plate:

#TeamAliceEva tried out ‘vish & chips’ at vegan foodtruck, ‘Veginity‘ and said it was delicious and she’ll be heading back to Eatyard very soon for some more – looks delish!

For Niamh, it was off to The Yard in Wexford town where she had mussels to start that came in a curry, garlic and white wine sauce – delish! She had chicken dish for main which was also really nice and followed by some Wexford strawberries for dessert – when in Rome, eh?!

Niamh also had a lovely meal in a local restaurant in Templeogue – Fifty50. After the various holidays to Edinburgh, Spain, Portugal and Vietnam all five housemates were home so they treated themselves to a nice meal to celebrate! Fifty50 is a great local spot – huge menu and always PACKED! They shared starters of deep fried brie (divine!) fish cakes and wings and then Niamh opted for crab and lobster ravioli for main. The portions are huge so they all nearly had to be rolled out of the place… Good food and she highly recommends it!

#TeamAliceElaine and co enjoyed brunch at their local café, The Bay Café in Brittas Bay. As ever Belinda and Maria served up divine poached eggs and the kids devoured pancakes with lashings of chocolate spread. Always packed but always worth the wait, they ALL recommend it!

On the screen:

We’ve been getting very into our boxsets here at #TeamAlice – particularly John who has been laid low all week. He’s been watching Riverdale, GLOW and Ozark.

Martina has just finished Ozark and really enjoyed it and she has now (very belatedly) moved on to watching ‘Game of Thrones’. She’s only watched the first two episodes of Series 1 – and though she’s not blown away, she’s willing to hold her fire until she’s seen a bit more!

Niamh has started watching Riverdale on Netflix. Seemingly it’s pretty awful but she still watched five episodes! She “loves to hate it” and said it’s full of stereotypes and cringey lines and she’d have to be at a loose end to watch the rest of the series.

Eva is getting through her fair share of stuff too – she just finished watching the new season of Fargo, which, she says, might be her favourite of the three seasons so far. In it Ewan McGregor plays two feuding brothers living in Minnesota in 2010. With plenty of plot twists and turns, and the blood, guts and gore you would expect from the Fargo franchise, the show really kept her at the edge of her seat!

She’s also been watching been watching Donald Glover’s (from Community) new show, Atlanta. Atlanta is the first place in the US that she ever visited, so the city has a special place in her heart. ‘Atlanta’ beautifully tells the story of a twenty-something year old guy who is desperately trying to make it big as a music manager when his cousin, Paper Boi’s rap career takes off. All his girlfriend and parents want him to do is get a ‘real job’ and support his daughter.

Eva’s final ‘screen’ recommendation for this week is ‘Trouble the Water’, a 2008 documentary about Hurricane Katrina. It had her in tears at some parts and perfectly depicts the helplessness of the entire situation – from the days before the storm through to the weeks and months that follow. Although it’s so sad and shocking at parts, it also shows the very best sides of humanity. Definitely worth a watch!

On the page:

#TeamAliceWell, first up on our reading list this week are these great pieces in The Tipperary Star and BizPlus all about a fantastic PR company called Alice PR & Events! Yes, that’s right – #TeamAlice made the news with the announcement of two new hires (Eva and Louise) as well as our partnership with the creative agency Language.

Team Alice PRThis was published a little while back, but Martina just came across it again last night & loved it. It’s a piece by Manchán Magan on the beauty and precision of the Irish language (and Hiberno-English) – and what we all should do to preserve it. She loves his “adopt a word” idea. She saw him perform at Fringe a few years ago & he gave everyone in the audience a card with an Irish word to “adopt” at the end of the show. She still has hers!

Niamh finished the novel ‘The Girls’, that she was reading. It was much darker and more sinister than she was expecting but really well written and she’d definitely recommend it….but it comes with a warning – don’t read it if you’re in a fragile state!

Looking forward to…

Elaine can’t wait for Sunday to attend the Women’s Rugby World Cup in UCD. The whole family are heading along to see Ireland V Japan amongst others. It’s especially exciting after their great win against Australia on Wednesday. #COYGIG

Emily is heading to Waterford on Saturday to cycle the Waterford Greenway, she’s heard great things about it!

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