It’s been a hectic week for #TeamAlice, with jaunts to Brussels and reminiscent gigs with Ibiza legends. Even in the depths of winter, we’ve got the best places to get out and about for leisurely strolls and expeditions up mountains. We’ve also got our top recommendations for great reads, exhibitions and the tastiest spots to eat this weekend. Here’s this week’s #WhatTickledAlice.
Out & About
Emily headed to Wicklow last weekend for a hike near Lacken. The intention was to climb Wicklow’s second highest mountain, Mullaghcleevaun, but alas they had to abandon that about halfway. One of the dogs they had with them had had enough! She still enjoyed getting out and about though – the misty weather was very atmospheric and had Emily feeling like a character in an Emily Bronte novel.
Martina was in St. Patrick’s Cathedral this week to hear Roddy Doyle in conversation with Tommy Tiernan as part of the Jonathan Swift Festival and the Dublin City of Literature initiative. The topic was “The Power of Comedy”. While the event was good, the stand-out element of the evening was the art installation hanging from the ceiling of St. Patrick’s Cathedral – commemorating World War I. Unfortunately, it’s being dismantled today, so this is your last chance to check
Darragh headed out to the War Memorial Gardens last weekend for a leisurely stroll. He’s leaving the mountain climbing to Emily, and if you’re not feeling quite as adventurous either, it’s a lovely spot for some fresh air. Even in the depths of winter, it’s a great place to stroll along the river and explore the nooks and crannies of the monuments.
Darragh then took a trip into IMMA for the first time on his way back into town. While he’s not a huge fan of art that’s fierce modren, there are a couple of really interesting exhibitions at the moment. There is a collection of Wolfgang Tilman’s photography being exhibited which is really diverse in terms of subject matter. There’s also an exhibition of Mary Swanzy’s work which is interesting in terms of the varied styles that she worked in across her career. Both exhibitions continue for the next number of months.
On the plate
Niamh had two excellent meals while in Galway with her family last weekend. One in tapas restaurant Cava Bodega and the other at the highly recommended spot – Kai. Both were excellent, but she particularly enjoyed Kai. Delicious from start to finish and a really nice cosy restaurant with no pretentious notions – just brilliant food!
Martina was in Brussels for work this week, but found some time to catch up with Gareth Gregan – Alice PR’s first ever intern who now works for the European People’s Party – and check out a local restaurant, Le Deuxième Elément. Really lovely Thai food in central Brussels – and great value. You can check it out here.
On the page
Niamh is almost finished Normal People by Sally Rooney. It comes highly recommended by other Alice staff and she is really enjoying it. It’s not like any other book she’s read before and so is really intrigued by how it will end.
On the Screen
Emily watched the new BBC/RTÉ adaptation of Eugene McCabe novel Death and Nightingales, which she studied for her leaving cert. Starring Jamie Dornan and adapted by the same person who wrote The Fall, it’s set in Fermanagh in the 1880s and it’s very dark. She loved the first episode and would recommend checking it out on the player!
In the Ear
Martina was re-living her teenage years last weekend, dancing the night away at Pete Tong at the 3 Arena. For those of you so young you have to ask, “What is Pete Tong?” (we’re looking at you, Darragh McGirr!), HE is one of the legendary Ibiza DJs. His formed a large part of the soundtrack to Martina’s youth. He was accompanied by a 65-piece Heritage Orchestra for his “Ibiza Classics” gig at the Point, and we’re told it was “DEADLY”.
Are you going to check out any of our recommendations? Have you got any of your own? Let us know.
Have a great weekend everyone!