Dublin: The Story of a City by Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison, reviewed

Dublin: The Story of a City The publication of any book of drawings by Stephen Conlin is something of an event for any student of our capital city.  This book is particularly welcome, bringing together as it does most of the artist’s most important Dublin drawings, made in a long career stretching well over 30… Read More Dublin: The Story of a City by Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison, reviewed

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.

“The Things We Saw” Dublin Decoded: 2015 pictures.

“A Year in the Life”: 2015 in pictures –  photos from research for our historical and architectural walking tours and of course,  from the tours themselves.  Thank you to everyone who came on 2015 Dublin Decoded tours and/or who supported us in 2015.   Here’s our year, looking around churches, old factories, the former sites of… Read More “The Things We Saw” Dublin Decoded: 2015 pictures.

Georgian West, an open walking tour, this Wed 19th August., 2.10pm

“Georgian West” a history & architecture walking tour of West-central Dublin, this Wednesday afternoon, 19th August.  2.10pm, with Arran Henderson from Dublin Decoded tours.  See below for tour content, and how to join in. Now in the week ahead we turn our eyes West, to the other end of the city centre, as Dublin Decoded… Read More Georgian West, an open walking tour, this Wed 19th August., 2.10pm

Easy sign up to mailing list & Dublin Art & buildings Picture Quiz!

Two quick but key items.  1- The Dublin Decoded mailing list. People on mail-out list receive our monthly newsletter where we reveal the details each month of our unique, sociable, historic and architectural city walks.  Joining to receive newsletter list is quick and easy, and the link to sign up is here. Item 2:-  the… Read More Easy sign up to mailing list & Dublin Art & buildings Picture Quiz!

Story of Saint Patrick Cathedral, Part 3: Anglo-Normans, and the story of the 2 cathedrals.

The story of The Two cathedrals, Background.  There are two bits of background we have to know to understand the twist. First of all, in 1163,  the Irish archbishop of Dublin Laurence O’Toole made Christ Church cathedral a Priory Order.  This essentially meant Christ Church became a sort of Abbey or Monastery, ruled by Augustan… Read More Story of Saint Patrick Cathedral, Part 3: Anglo-Normans, and the story of the 2 cathedrals.

The Oratory Chapel by Sister Concepta Lynch, old Domincan Convent, Dun Laoghaire (Co Dublin)

Look at this. I thought you’d enjoy these wonderful mural paintings.   For those who do not know them they’re in a tiny chapel called the Oratory, which is the last remaining survivor of the old Dominican Convent in Dun Laoghaire,  (the town just south of Dublin where I grew up). Most of the convent… Read More The Oratory Chapel by Sister Concepta Lynch, old Domincan Convent, Dun Laoghaire (Co Dublin)

Languedoc & Albi, a hilltop treasure & a mighty Cathedral, all built on woad.

Just back from a 9-10 day break, mostly spent in extraordinary, dazzling, dramatic Languedoc. Languedoc, means (Land of) the tongue or Language of Oc -Occitan being the ancient language of the area.   It is a region that has long exercised the medieval-obsessive imagination of your correspondent, your writer-blogger-chappie. As a land of huge Cathar… Read More Languedoc & Albi, a hilltop treasure & a mighty Cathedral, all built on woad.