Sculpture Saturday

The Famine Memorial along the quays in Dublin comprises a collection of bronze statues by Dubliner Rowan Gillespie. The statues depict skeletal figures in rags walking towards the ships that will bring them overseas to escape the 19th century Famine. The location of ‘Famine’ is a particularly appropriate as one of the first voyages of […]

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Dublin Explored: Scenes from the banks of the Liffey

  Dublin’s famous river rises a mere 20km,  as the crow flies,  from the capital.   However,  from its source in County Wicklow,  it meanders for 125km before emptying into Dublin Bay.   In ancient times,  the river was known as An Ruirthech which roughly translates as ‘the stampeding one‘ or ‘strong,  fast runner‘ – well named as […]

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Sculpture Saturday

  This weekly challenge is hosted by Mind over Memory This popular piece in one of Dublin’s busy shopping districts doesn’t honour any local celebs but rather pays homage to everyday life.   Jackie McKenna’s 1988 bronze statue is called ‘Meeting Place‘ (but we prefer the local nickname ‘The Hags With The Bags‘!!). The two ladies have […]

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Dublin explored – the splendour of its Georgian Streets

  It is the 18th century and Dublin is BOOMING!  The medieval city is being modernised and narrow winding streets are replaced with fine avenues.  The quays are redeveloped and the River Liffey is spanned with grand bridges.   Dublin is evolving into one of the great cities of Europe. The seat of government is here […]

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Where in the World?

I haven’t been on Killiney beach  since Friday – and just look at what’s appeared over the weekend!!               Ah …so this is what prompted the trail…..     ….as far as White Rock….  White Rock is a small cove way back behind me…   I’ll do my bit….. […]

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