a long lost film, and our Victorian architecture walking tour.

Many thanks to the friend who sent us this extraordinary re-discovered film footage of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) visiting Ireland back in 1900,  that Queen’s last-ever visit to this country. As a recent article on the British Heritage Travel website makes clear, the Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, says that “in 1939, it received “a… Read More a long lost film, and our Victorian architecture walking tour.

2 last public tours of 2018: (1) River/Canal, this Saturday 20/10 and Monto, Thurs, 8 Nov.

Our next public walking tour, and our penultimate is coming up very soon, this Saturday:  River, Port, Dock, Canal, on Saturday 20th October,  13.00-15.00  (starts 1pm)  Details below. We will meet 1pm sharp at, and begin from, the Triumphal Arch outside the CHQ building in the IFSC are.  Then go walking east along the river,… Read More 2 last public tours of 2018: (1) River/Canal, this Saturday 20/10 and Monto, Thurs, 8 Nov.

Visual sources for understanding Parnell (Rutland) Square & area, 1756 onward

It is hoped this little essay and in particular some of the maps and images here help some readers gain an enhanced understanding of the development of Rutland (now Parnell) Square in the 18th century, and the central part the Lying-In hospital, philanthropy and the arts played in that development. As you see on the… Read More Visual sources for understanding Parnell (Rutland) Square & area, 1756 onward

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-East Dublin gems & visit inside old Sinn Féin HQ at No 6 Harcourt St: – a Dublin Decoded walking tour, with Arran Henderson.

South-East Dublin gems & visit inside old Sinn Féin HQ at No 6 Harcourt St: – a Dublin Decoded walking tour, with Arran Henderson, & Conradh na Gaeilge archivist Cuan Ó Seireadáin. The first hour of our tour – led by Dublin Decoded’s Arran Henderson – takes in a selection of buildings, monuments and history… Read More South-East Dublin gems & visit inside old Sinn Féin HQ at No 6 Harcourt St: – a Dublin Decoded walking tour, with Arran Henderson.

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.

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.