for Ease of Navigation: a practical suggestion for architects, planners, builders & developers.

I occasionally write about Fine Art here, but very rarely my own output.  i don’t draw as much as i used to, it is more of a hobby than an obsession these days.  Also, when you sometimes have to write about a towering genius like Johannes Vermeer,  or any of the great Dutch, Flemish or… Read More for Ease of Navigation: a practical suggestion for architects, planners, builders & developers.

Hugh Lane to Broadstone & Grangegorman walk, 11.30am Sat 21st Oct.

At 11.25PM, Saturday 21st October, 2017 Grangegorman could be considered the “forgotten” quarter of Dublin.   Hemmed in by disused rail tracks and giant bus depots of old Broadstone, and blocked off by the high walled penal institutions of yesteryear, it kept out visitors, even forming a sort of terra incognito across two huge sections of… Read More Hugh Lane to Broadstone & Grangegorman walk, 11.30am Sat 21st Oct.

South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.

There are 6 or 7 tickets left for our next Dublin history and architecture walk which takes place very soon,  afternoon of Wednesday 26th October (2016). It starts 2.15pm, meeting at the Campanile of Trinity College. (Meet from 2.05PM, please present tickets, walk departs 2.15 sharp.)   The tour goes for around 1 hour and 45… Read More South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.

Hugh Lane to Grangegorman, History & Architecture Walk- 2.15pm Tues 30th Aug.

Meeting 2.15PM, outside front door Hugh Lane Gallery, (Dublin Municipal Gal) Parnell Square.  Tickets should ideally be booked in advance please:  here. Grangegorman has been well described as the “Forgotten” quarter of Dublin. Now that’s all set to change. With huge, city shaping transformations afoot, this is a timely moment to explore, discover and discuss… Read More Hugh Lane to Grangegorman, History & Architecture Walk- 2.15pm Tues 30th Aug.

Cottage, castle, mill or church? How to own & fix, Portumna Castle this weekend

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

Tour old Dublin – High Street, Christ Church, Wine Tavern & the Irish House.

I nearly called this post “Before the Roads”.  That’s because road widening schemes have been one of the biggest enemies of old Dublin.  Literally hundreds, thousands, of old historic houses have been pulled down to allow for the huge road schemes.   Of nowhere is that loss more acute, more extensive, or sadder than the very… Read More Tour old Dublin – High Street, Christ Church, Wine Tavern & the Irish House.

the Grand Dreams of Frank Gibney: a talk at the AAI

Killarney & Tullamore as Paris & Rome: Frank Gibney’s Grand city plans.  A quick mention for this superb talk (Thursday 21st January) given at the Irish Architectural Archives (Merrion Square) by Fergal MacCabe, on surprising aspects in the work of Frank Gibney. Frank Gibney 1905-1978. Gibney was  a well known and successful architect.  During the… Read More the Grand Dreams of Frank Gibney: a talk at the AAI