North by North West, a walking & talking tour of Dublin, 18th century to medievel, history, architecture, revolution & social history.

North by North West, is the newest of Dublin Decoded’s walking & talking tour of Dublin city centre.   As always with Dublin Decoded, we’ll look at and discuss the rich, varied; often surprising historic past, and explore how aspects of that past shape our present and our city today.  There is an upcoming date on… Read More North by North West, a walking & talking tour of Dublin, 18th century to medievel, history, architecture, revolution & social history.

a magic map, scholar’s sketch of ancient Dublin, special tours, available for groups.

A small but significant detail above,  from the lovely little 1904 map by RISA scholar and historian Leonard R Strangeways. This magical map, is an excellent guide to understanding old Dublin,  in the years before the Wide Streets Commission.  We use it because it’s one of the best and clearest illustrations to understand the shape… Read More a magic map, scholar’s sketch of ancient Dublin, special tours, available for groups.

Nabokov, Perec, Joyce and Bloom; Ulysses, Maps and Games.

Recently we asked readers to identify this map below. As many people either knew or guessed, it’s a sketch concerning Ulysses,  that novel routinely claimed as the best or most influential tome in 20th century literature,  and written of course by James Joyce, (below). I came across the drawing a few weeks back, while researching a new walking route around… Read More Nabokov, Perec, Joyce and Bloom; Ulysses, Maps and Games.

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.

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.

from Sea to shining Sea, a picture walk, on Howth head.

On of the best walks near Dublin is the circumnavigation of the Howth peninsula.  I love to do the entire 360 circuit, and prefer it anti-clockwise, if you like, as you begin on the south-facing side and so catch more sun. Just leave the car at and start walking somehwere between the modern church near Sutton cross and Sutton dinghy… Read More from Sea to shining Sea, a picture walk, on Howth head.

a shorter photo essay- Four Courts to Green St & around.

This is the companion photo essay to the recent Pearse St post.   https://arranqhenderson.com/2013/02/20/autumn-when-dublin-comes-to-life-a-little-picture-essay-of-pearse-st/    This walk took place on the same Open House weekend.   And our little gathering of arcitectural and social history afficianados were led by the same guide, the excellent Lisa Cassidy. We started just behind the Four Courts, at Chancellery House, (above), designed by Herbert Simms, commemorated in… Read More a shorter photo essay- Four Courts to Green St & around.