Recently returned from a trip to Sicily. It was my fist trip back, long overdue, since I first went 21 years ago. I find myself unable to resist posting a few pictures of the beautiful places we saw. Our first 3 days were in the capital Palermo (North coast of the island). I have old… Read More Palermo, Sicily
The piece The Irish in World War One – Forgotten Heroes, was written two years ago, around the time of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, in the summer of 1914. Two years on, I’m still overawed by the the courage of the Irish and others who fought in WWI. However, some… Read More Post-Script, thinking again. (A retraction from a “Revisionist”)
The Rath (fort) of Moines of course. Moines or de Moines being an Norman baron, who built a defensive structure in these parts in the early Anglo-Norman period. His name was gradually corrupted to “Mines” Hence “Rath-mines” or simply Rathmines. Today it’s perhaps the richest and most diverse of all Dublin districts outside the historic… Read More the Rath_ of who?
Every year the Irish Georgian Society runs a wonderful weekend on Traditional building crafts, skills and materials called the Heritage Buildings Show. It takes place in a different location each year, and with the venue itself always a place of great beauty and historic interest. This year’s edition is no exception, taking place next weekend… Read More Cottage, castle, mill or church? How to own & fix, Portumna Castle this weekend
Looking at Art | the Art of Looking. We’re leading a rare public edition of our legendary How to Read a Painting tour at the National Gallery of Ireland, on Thursday Evening, 14th April. The tour is a private tour, taking place with ethkind permission of the national gallery. It covers and explains ideas that… Read More “How to Read a Painting” our private evening tour at Nat Gallery Ireland, Thurs Eve, 14th April
A vast amount and variety of events take place in Dublin this year to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916. Most historical walking tours naturally focus on the GPO building O’Connell Street and it’s area. As every Irish schoolchild knows, the GPO was occupied by the key battalion of Easter Rebels including Pearse, Clarke and… Read More Easter Rebellion 1916 in Dublin 4 | a Dublin Decoded walking tour
This well-known Georgian tour, originally developed by Dublin Decoded for the Irish Georgian Society, has been adapted for students sitting the Leaving Certificate and is available for school groups. The tour package includes visits to major works by Edward Lovett Pearce, James Gandon, Francis Johnston, and Richard Cassels (also known as Ricard Castle) as well… Read More Georgian architecture for Schools, Leaving Cert Art-History.
The castle at Bentheim: an essay of random thoughts on landscape, history and money, modernity and nostalgia in the Dutch Golden Age. Look at this. Don’t by the way try reading this piece on a phone. Wait until you have access to a proper screen. Then look at this. It’s a detail of a work… Read More Landscape, modernity and nostalgia in the Dutch Golden Age.
Blow Your Idea Parisian artist, Vincent Bourilhon handles the art of photography since he was sixteen. Grand theater enthusiast always looking for poetry and dreams, his personal work reflects his admiration for the discipline. Through graphics and digital retouching, he manages to build an imaginary world, very cinematic, on the border between dream and reality. […]… Read More
Marina Neary’s Dublin-based novel takes the extraordinary, real-life figure of feminist; stage actress, Trade Unionist and Irish republican revolutionary Helena Molony and turns her life into a page turner set as a series of dramatic vignettes and events. The whole thing is set during Ireland’s Cultural Renaissance and Gaelic Revival and the extraordinary Revolutionary period.… Read More Never Be at Peace – a historical 1916 novel by Marina Neary.
Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” (Museo del Prado, Madrid) is one of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable paintings in the world, but probably too rich for most of us to take in on a single viewing. Well, here’s an amazing, very hi-res interactive digitization, (courtesy originally, for me at least, of an… Read More This you have to see, this Garden of Earthly Delights.