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.

East is East, and West is West, Dun Laoghaire’s magic piers. Part 1.

Another in the current orgy, of seaside-related posts.  I can not help it.  It is summer after all.  And it was A Spectacular day today, blazing with sunshine.  Very un-Irish, although we appreciate it more than anyone else in the world, and the town and country alike always look their beautiful best. Yes, sunshine.  Was… Read More East is East, and West is West, Dun Laoghaire’s magic piers. Part 1.

Plaques, gargoyles and granite shop fronts.

Some snaps and details from a recent walking tour (April 13th) with architectural historian & expert in 18th Century Dublin shops, Sarah Foster.  Unfortunately the day was a cold and grey, so forgive the dull light.  Some of these details (like the gargoyle above) Sarah pointed out, in a few other cases I wandered off the route to snap things that… Read More Plaques, gargoyles and granite shop fronts.

St Brendan’s Cathedral & St Brendan Navigator.

a stone carving from a capital that adorns a column in Saint Brendan’s Cathedral, Loughrea, Co Galway. The Cathedral was designed by William Byrne and funded by the wonderful Edward Martyn,  Catholic land-owner, Humanist, scholar, patron, and playwright. Martyn was an absolutely vital figure in Ireland’s Gaelic Revival,  a hugely important benefactor to the arts.  Among his many… Read More St Brendan’s Cathedral & St Brendan Navigator.