Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Life - Drishanemore, Skibbereen, West Cork

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Hubby and I have watched these little guys grow since they were born just a few weeks ago.  They are now older and brave enough to move the small distance from their mother to begin their own grazing life.  I promise, these little beauties will never come next or near my dinner plate.  Taken March 2013.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sea and Rocks, Ballydonegan Bay, West Cork

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One of my favourite places to holiday in Ireland is Allihies, Beara Peninsula, West Cork.  It was while hubby and I were enjoying one of our lengthy stays there during the autumn of 2010 that I took these photos. The weather was scorching hot with blue skies most days. Ballydonegan Bay, Allihies, West Cork. Taken October 2010.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

St. Audoen's Church, High Street, Dublin

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On a lovely warm afternoon in early July, hubby and I were walking down High Street when we decided to drop into St. Audoen's Church because, in all the years we've lived in Dublin, neither of us ever visited this magnificant building which has served the parish since its erection in 1190. 

As there weren't many visitors we opted to just browse ourselves rather than have a tour guide show us around and of course I was delighted when they said there was no objection to taking photographs.  It was really strange walking around a building dating back to the twelfth century, I felt compelled to touch the stone walls in the hope of sensing their secrets. Taken July 2012.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Beloved Poolbeg Chimneys / Pigeon House Road

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In the late 1960s my Dad worked on the early construction of these twin iconic chimneys known affectionately to us Dubliners as the "Poolbeg Chimneys". Forty years later they faced demolition but due to the huge public outcry over their impending demise an online petition was set up entitled "Light Up The Chimneys" to which of course I added my signature and comment:  "Those chimneys remain part of my Ringsend childhood memories. My father worked on their construction. As one of Dublin's most treasured landmarks, they deserve to stand tall and proud, two shining beacons on our city's skyline".  I've yet to find out if they have been included in the Record Of Protected Structures, I sincerely hope so.

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The road leading up to the chimneys and to the Poolbeg Generating Station, generally referred to as the ESB (Electricity Supply Board) is Pigeon House Road, Ringsend, Dublin.  Over the past thirty years this road has been changed beyond recognition.  A couple of weeks ago I ventured back there to again attempt to capture some of its atmosphere I knew so well as a child.  For me, the changes have been too great, there is a sense of an irretrievable loss.

The black and white images are of the old Pigeon House Road.  Removing the colour allows me only to see the familiar things, not the brightly coloured storage containers, for instance. The long stretch of sea wall is actually the original stonework.  Taken July 2012.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

The Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, Dublin 2

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This was the magnificant setting for our son and beautiful daughter-in-law's wedding reception just a matter of weeks ago. The Stephen's Green Hibernian Club is situated just across from St. Stephen's Green Park, the largest of the parks in Dublin's main Georgian squares.  The images below were taken by me on the morning after the brilliant evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Taken June 2012.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sandymount Strand - Childhood Memories

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I spent my childhood walking along this beautiful, aptly named, Beach Road, Sandymount, Dublin.  If I ever win the lottery I will buy one of those houses facing the sea so as, on long winter nights, I can sit quietly at my bedroom window and gaze out at the Poolbeg Lighthouse, her light hazy yellow in the swirling fog.  I will even imagine her eerie cry to the incoming ships warning them of treacherous rocks ahead.  (God, I've read too many Enid Blyton stories!).  Taken April 2011.
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 Sandymount Beach with Poolbeg Chimneys in background
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View from strand up to Beach Road
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Old opening once leading to steps
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Hope they never remove these steps. I used to smell the seaweed whilst descending them