public walking tour, history & architecture of Rathmines! 11.30am Sunday, 8th Nov.

Our next Dublin Decoded public walking tour runs Sunday 8th of November (2015) and will explore the lovely main-street, residential roads, churches and public buildings of Rathmines.  Our walk will meet at 11.20 and will start at 11.30am.  All are welcome. Advanced tickets are available at a slightly reduced price, here.   We hope to… Read More public walking tour, history & architecture of Rathmines! 11.30am Sunday, 8th Nov.

Paris Pictures part ii: snakes & elephants, a morning at the Flea market.

A large part of the last full day in Paris is spent browsing the flea market at Porte de Clingnancourt.   In fact this is the collective name for a number of markets, each with a different character, spread over a large area. As a whole Les Puces de Saint-Ouen  is very diverse, but as a… Read More Paris Pictures part ii: snakes & elephants, a morning at the Flea market.

Parks, potatoes, pullovers & the Promenade Plantée, pictures from Paris (days 1-3)

Thursday.  Arrival,  into airport Charles de Gaulle.  I’ve never warmed to the older Terminal 1.   It’s a silly donut of a building,  Wastes your time. Terminal two is even more enormous, and thus equally alienating, with the important caveat that’s far, far more beautiful. Later that evening, meet an old friend for supper.  A long-time… Read More Parks, potatoes, pullovers & the Promenade Plantée, pictures from Paris (days 1-3)

Neon Art, Three act structure and seriously, Why Go Bald?

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the little Vikings and Scallops self-guided walking tours, on the sister site Dublin Decoded,  a miniature circumnavigation of the Dame Street, Temple bar west area, concluding with the vicious gargoyle cats and continental chic of tiny Palace St (below) … then winding up admiring the graffiti, sticker art, and the… Read More Neon Art, Three act structure and seriously, Why Go Bald?

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)

Eileen Gray at IMMA, thoughts & reflections.

To mark the screening of the RTE documentary on Eileen Gray next Tuesday and the publication of an important new book on Gray’s Life and work by design historian Jennifer Gough, we re-visit this personal appraisal, written during October 2013 in response to the Eileen Grey retrospective at IMMA… The Irish Museum of Modern Art, recently… Read More Eileen Gray at IMMA, thoughts & reflections.

Winners, Prizes, and Reflections, on the Dublin Picture Quiz.

Here, again slightly later than advertised, are the results for the picture quiz.  The results mind, not the answers, you’ll find those already submitted on the previous post, published a few days ago,  (go back there and have a look if there were any pictures you didn’t know) Thank you very much everyone who took… Read More Winners, Prizes, and Reflections, on the Dublin Picture Quiz.

The Long Room | From superb to sublime.

Here is a sight to which Dubliners, or indeed many who’ve visited Dublin, will need no introduction.  (my photo) Yes, it’s the famous, justly famous, Long Room of Trinity College.    It sits as the top level,  the top two levels really, of the Old Library,  that handsome old building which divides Library Square from Fellows’ Square in… Read More The Long Room | From superb to sublime.