1916 in Ballsbridge & free self-guided walk around D4, by Dublin Decoded.

Fancy an amble through the leafy area of Dublin 4, from the RDS, over the Dodder at Ballsbridge and onward to the banks of the Grand Canal?   In February 1916, myself and the writer and historian Hugh Oram designed a walking route through this area of Dublin 4. The aim was to commemorate the… Read More 1916 in Ballsbridge & free self-guided walk around D4, by Dublin Decoded.

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.

Lies, Myths (and television) about the First World War.

The nonsense some people talk (with great confidence) about World War One.  It was all futile, the troops were lions led by donkeys, the generals were incompetent and it was all for nothing. Really?  Myths dispelled and some WWI factual television, lightly reviewed. If you can see 3 columns of text,  you may be on… Read More Lies, Myths (and television) about the First World War.

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?

Palace Street, Graffiti and drop box mystery post box.

For those who’ve been following the first 3 short legs of our little central Dublin walking tour, here’s the final short section, complete with pictures of Dublin castle gates, the lovely old 18th century Sick and Indigent Room Keepers Home on Palace Street and a quick look at graffiti but also the new, enigmatic sticker… Read More Palace Street, Graffiti and drop box mystery post box.

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.

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.

From the Granite to the Pebbles | Arran’s best 3- harbour walk.

The last post was an epic, annotated list on the best sights & visits in Dublin.  At the end is appended a few of my favorite coastal walks outside the city.  Today, just a bit more detail on my favorite South side walk, from Dun Laoghaire to the end of Killiney beach, specifically the best route, via Sandycove, the 40 Foot,… Read More From the Granite to the Pebbles | Arran’s best 3- harbour walk.

Addendum: “Be Honest with Yourself… ” & Kitchener versus Beckett.

Just a few days after posting on First World War recruitment posters, (seen at an exhibition in Collins Barrack in Dublin) it is now Saint Patrick’s weekend here in Dublin.  Earlier today, myself and a friend participate in a treasure hunt around the city, and on our tour, we come across this image above.  I felt… Read More Addendum: “Be Honest with Yourself… ” & Kitchener versus Beckett.