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Getting back on track…

14 Apr

I have been quite quiet recently, mainly due to feeling ill since February and just wanting to hibernate instead of going out to investigate new areas of Dublin. I don’t know about you but I’m a bit of a bad patient so I kept working and going out with friends and therefore prolonging my infection… not the brightest idea! I finally took some time off to recuperate at the beginning of March so I’m now feeling much brighter, and have resumed business as usual.

Here’s a break-down of some of the nice things I have managed to fit in since my recovery:

1) Going to see ‘The Full Monty’ at the Bord Gaís Energy Theatre. My friend Karen bought me tickets for Christmas, and neither of us could believe how quickly it came round! It was a fantastic night; the show was absolutely brilliant and when we left my hands were stinging from clapping so hard. I would definitely recommend seeing it if it comes to a town near you!


Not your typical strippers…

2) Coming firmly last place at the Rainforest Adventure Golf in Dundrum. One of my friends Heather had seen half-price offer on one of the deal websites, so four of us went and had a ball showing off our “skills”. It’s normally €9 each for adults, but you get a lot for your money and can have pizza and wine whilst you wait so would make a great date night as well as being a fun group outing. Check out their website for more details.

3) Being taken for a lovely romantic evening out to The Tea Room Restaurant, which is Bono’s restaurant in the Clarence Hotel in Dublin city centre. I have always had a bit of a grudge against Bono after reading once that he chartered a plane from the UK to New York to carry his lucky hat, because he couldn’t go on stage without it. This is clearly the behaviour of a baffoon, but I did not let it ruin my enjoyment of his establishment! The food was lovely if not a little gourmet in terms of portion-size, but the restaurant was very empty and there wasn’t a lot of atmosphere. We followed it up with cocktails at my favourite bar, Lost Society, who you can follow  on Twitter @lostsocdublin. Don’t forget to follow me whilst you’re at it – @dublin_diaries 🙂


Me and my beloved ❤

4) Enjoying the “sunshine” with Paddy. We’ve had a few reasonable weekends recently, so I’ve been a very dutiful owner and taken the pug for some nice walks near the canal and to the park in Merrion Square. He is never happier than when he’s outside causing mischief chasing other dogs and people’s children!

Paddy enjoying the beer garden at The Bath Pub in Ballsbridge.

a Paddy enjoying the beer garden at The Bath Pub in Ballsbridge.

5) Going to check out the Farmer’s Market in Dún Laoghaire. This morning I met my friend Laura in Dún Laoghaire for a wander around the weekly farmer’s market. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while as I’ve heard good things, and as previous readers of my blog may know, I LOVE Dún Laoghaire. With the sun shining and the stunning views over the bay, you feel like you’re on holiday and I wouldn’t mind making the move out there if I was ever to leave my current flat.

The bay in Dún Laoghaire - beautiful!

The bay in Dún Laoghaire – beautiful!

The farmer’s market is lovely, much better than the paltry Christmas market I visited at the IFSC in December which had a bit of a jumble sale feel to it. The Dún Laoghaire version mainly sells delicious food, such as fresh breads, olives, chutneys, relishes and cakes. There was almost too much choice, and in the end I opted for a tomato and mozerella pizza from Dave’s Wood-Fired Pizza Co., whilst Laura chose a falafel. Both of us were satisfied with our decisions!

Lovely fudge!

Lovely fudge!

Dave's Wood-fired Pizza

Dave’s Wood-fired Pizza



Lovely lavendar

Lovely lavendar – it smelled amazing!

The smells were amazing and it was lovely to peruse the different stalls, although I was tempted by far too many of them! In the end I settled for my pizza and a pair of lovely hand-made earrings from Trinket Box. I can’t wait to visit again when my sister comes to visit in May – I know she’ll love it just as much as I did!

My lovely new earrings from Trinket Box.

My lovely new earrings from Trinket Box.

So that’s me up-to-date – I’d love to hear from any of you if you have any suggestions of nice places to visit in or around Dublin. Leave a comment below or tweet me 🙂


When I say “Chippen”, you say “Dale!”

26 Sep


Photo copyright @Chippendales 

So I’m sure you’re all wondering how my date with the Chippendales went. Let’s just say… it didn’t disappoint. The performance started at 8 so after some pre-show cocktails at Market Bar, we headed over to take our seats in the Circle area of the Olympia (well out of reach of the stage!). The excitement in the venue was palpable; women of all ages – but surprisingly, predominantly those in their twenties – were psyching themselves up for what promised to be one heck of a good show.

It started promptly at 8 and finished around 10, yet 2 hours of thrusting and gyrating passed surprisingly quickly. You would think that it may be fairly repetitive – exactly how many ways are there to rip your vest and shimmy out of your trousers? – but the variety of acts and of Chippendales themselves was entertaining enough to hold your attention. From firemen, pilots, Risky Business… this show had it all.

Without wanting to give too much away (who knows when they will next be in town?!), particular highlights included the singing stripper BC giving us his renditions of Boyz II Men and Enrique Iglesias, the military style chants (“When I say ‘Chippen’ you say ‘Dale’! Chippen..” “DALE!” “Chippen…” “DALE!” and “When I say ‘take it’, you say ‘off’! Take it…” “Off!”) and the excitable ladies who were pulled up onto the stage for a one-on-one show. After seeing how touchy-feely the Chippendales were with their willing victims, I was particularly grateful that we had chosen balcony seats but the girls and middle-aged women selected were definitely good sports.

After imparting a final instruction to “Save a horse, ride a cowboy!” whilst dancing around in chaps and cowboy hats, the Chippendales ended their final show at the Olympia and informed us that they would be waiting in the foyer to take pictures with anyone who might be willing. Judging by the noise that this statement provoked, it seemed like everyone fancied getting a bit closer to the guys. We did take a few cheeky mid-show photos but as they asked at the start that cameras were switched off during the performance, I won’t post any here. Unfortunately the queue to get photos with your favourite performer was about 200 ladies long, so we decided not to bother but there was another chance to get up, close and personal for those who wanted it at the Chippendales After-Party at the Arlington Hotel.

All in all I had a fantastic time, it was the perfect girls night out and if they are coming to your area soon, I definitely recommend!

If anyone else saw the show, it would be great to hear what you thought in the comments section below or on Twitter, @dublin_diaries.

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Bow chicka wowwww….

21 Sep


First came The Full Monty. Then came Magic Mike. Now, the Chippendales are in town and I am going to have the chance to get up, close and not-so-personal with the beefcakes themselves – all in the name of journalistic investigation you understand!

My friend Laura decided to get a group of us together after an outing to the cinema to watch Magic Mike had us discussing their “fine acting” for days afterwards. I’m not really sure to expect – when I think of the word “Chippendales”, the image that comes to mind is of long-haired, muscly lothario Fabio and middle-aged women clapping enthusiastically. Not the most attractive thought as you can imagine! Instead, I have decided to believe that the modern-day Chippendales will be more along the line of Channing Tatum and his colleagues. Time will tell if I’m right on that one!

I happened across an article in today’s Irish Times debating the morality behind the Chippendales, and if the women going to the show are debasing men in the same way that generations of men have degraded women by visiting strip clubs. Call me shallow but I don’t fancy an existential debate to accompany my night out; I’ll be happy with a few cocktails, a few friends and seats that are just out of reach of the stage so there’s no chance of me being pulled up onto it!

If any of you fancy seeing what they’ve got, The Chippendales last show in Dublin is tomorrow night at the Olympia Theatre Dublin. Prices start from €27.

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