A night of comedy and weekend in Donegal

This week I attended an old favourite, the Empire, for its weekly Comedy Club. I have to admit, despite the many times I’d been in the bar for food or a night out, I’d never been to the Tuesday comedy evening. It’s hosted by either Colin Murphy or Jake O’Kane every week, with slots from various different acts including the brilliant Micky Bartlett, Ron Vaudry and Ruairi Woods to name just a few! We were treated to Colin Murphy as our MC and even had Eleanor Tiernan who I subsequently found out is Tommy Tiernan’s cousin! (Well there you go!) A great night if you’re wanting a good bit of craic in a nice relaxed bar!

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Empire Belfast

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Colin Murphy

On Thursday we headed to Spice Indian restaurant in Templepatrick. There was 13 of us, so a big crowd to cater for, but having been with this same large group this time last year, we knew the food was going to be top notch! A great deal meant we all got 2 courses and a glass of wine for just £12.95 each. (It was a special ‘deal’ menu with about 5 or 6 different starters and mains to choose from but a good mix.) I selected the Aloo Tikki for starter which is a fried flat potato mixed with Indian spices and mint chutney, and for mains, I chose the Chicken Kurchan which is sliced chicken tossed in mixed peppers, tomatoes and onion, crushed black pepper and finished with coriander. Delicious! I’m not too good with extremely spicy food so this was perfect for me- just a little kick! Everyone really enjoyed the meal so no doubt we’ll be back in the not too distant future.

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Starter selection from Spice Templepatrick

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Starter selection from Spice Templepatrick

Finally, I took the day off work on Friday as myself and Barry headed up to Belleek for a wedding followed by a reception in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal. We decided to make a weekend of it and stayed in Ardara (about 25 minutes outside Donegal town.) Our hotel was the Nesbitt Arms which is right in the middle of the main street. To be fair, Ardara is a wee small town so there really only is the main street! It’s a homely hotel with a busy bar/restaurant. We had booked with a Groupon deal which consisted of 2 nights’ bed, breakfast, €15 dinner credit and a glass of wine each for just £73! Sure you couldn’t beat it! It had been a while since we had headed away for the weekend, so we wanted it to be fairly relaxed- which it was. It was great to get away and see what Donegal has to offer!

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Ardara, Donegal

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