What a month it’s been! From swanning around at garden parties in the Áras, to picking up prestigious awards from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) Awards, and no less than two very important birthdays – sure we’ve barely had a moment to stop. Not that we’re complaining – it’s been fabulous. In this, the June edition of #WhatTickleAlice, we’re sharing the highlights of our shenanigans and some foodie, TV and music recommendations.
There were two important birthdays this month. Great-Girl-in-Chief Emily Brennan said goodbye to her 20s in a bougie display of tiaras and prosecco – no better woman. Meanwhile, Dublin’s best employer, Alice herself, turned four (…but a child), in a month that also saw the company nominated in two categories at the PRII Awards in Excellence. Niamh scooped the big prize, taking home the award for Young Communications Professional of the Year, while our work on the #WorkEqual campaign with Dress for Success was highly commended. We can’t go into detail on the celebrations but suffice to say – it was a lot!
Out and About
Martina’s really been living it up this month: in addition to the PRII Awards, she also attended a garden party at Áras an Uachtaráin and the DCU Alumni Awards in recent weeks. She was invited to the Áras in her voluntary role as Chairperson of the anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card. President Higgins hosted a fabulous afternoon to celebrate organisations and individuals that work with migrants and refugees. Martina says it was a total honour to attend. The big highlight of the day – getting to meet Bród and Síoda in the flesh.
Both Martina and Darragh went to see the NCAD Grad Show this month. Darragh was equally impressed and bewildered (“fine art,” he says, “what’s that all about?”). Nevertheless, they tell us that there was some incredible work on display. Product and Jewellery design stood out to them as some of the most polished pieces. The NCAD and TU Dublin grad shows are always a reflection of the most topical issues of the day with the climate crisis, stigma around menstruation and homelessness well represented at both shows.
There was no Sadness this Summertime as Darragh lived out a long-held dream, going to Malahide Castle to see Lana del Rey perform. “Obsessed,” he says. “I just couldn’t!” Thankfully, he tells us, Lana was able to be slightly more eloquent and descriptive. All evening she used her music to tell beautiful stories in the surrounds of the castle. It has been a great excuse for him to dive back into her albums and his Spotify history is showing little other than Lana since.
In June, Katie headed to the UK for a lecture series discussing life under occupation in the Palestinian West Bank. The series also took account of both perspectives of the conflict which provided lot of food for thought. She says it was well and truly mind blowing.
On the plate
Martina enjoyed afternoon tea in the beautiful Atrium at The Westin this month, and highly recommends it as a relaxing way to spend a rainy afternoon. She also discovered a great sushi restaurant not too far from where she lives: Honkaku in Kimmage. Really tasty food, good value, and friendly staff.
A delicious wood fired pizza on a weekend trip to Cork was Lisa’s favourite food experience recently. The beetroot, goats’ cheese and honey drizzled pizza from Franciscan Well Brewery was delish! Pints weren’t bad either!
On the Screen
Both Martina and Katie were completely gripped – and devastated – by ‘When They See Us‘, Ava DuVernay’s brilliant retelling of the story of the Central Park jogger and “the exonerated five”. It’s on Netflix, and there’s a great follow-up on Netflix also: a conversation with the cast and real-life people featured in ‘When They See Us’, hosted by Oprah Winfrey.
For something much lighter, both Niamh and Martina watched ‘Always Be My Maybe‘ on Netflix this month and recommend it as a feelgood watch and much funnier than the average rom-com.
Lisa has been glued to the latest series of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on Thursday nights on RTE2. She’s also loving the show’s soundtrack choices at the end of each episode. Lisa also watched ‘Chernobyl’ recently. She rated it as one of the best TV series she’s seen – a chilling portrayal of the devastating real-life events.
In the Ear
Lisa has been enjoying ‘Office Politics’, the latest album from one of her favourite bands, The Divine Comedy. And a recent first for Lisa was a trip to the opera. She wasn’t sure if she’d like it but ‘The Magic Flute’ in the Gaiety Theatre was perfectly staged with some amazing singing and acting.
Katie spent a weekend at Body & Soul in Ballinlough in Westmeath. Her musical highlight was King Kong Company, seeing them for the billionth time, but no less enthralled. She also lived in the woodland area, ‘a lovely escape into an ethereal realm.’
That’s it for this month. Next #WhatTickledAlice we’ll be telling you all about how we spent this glorious weather!
Have a great July!