Then Eureka, Mr McCarthy does not call it rithmetic in class. It is mathematics. Or is it matemathics. He was sure there was a ‘h’ in the word but as to where it went, he was no nearer getting something written on the page.
Then he remembered first class when big words like rithmetic, matemathics or even mathematics were not used.
Relief at last. Shorter words are much easier.
The words written on that blank page were:
Mick O’Keeffe – SUMBS
I spotted this van on Patrick’s Street yesterday and it immediately reminded me of the story of Mick O’Keeffe. I imagined the thought process when considering what to write on the van.
There was something at the back of his mind that when a word ended in ‘f’, the plural changed the ‘f’ to ‘ve’. He remembered the example of ‘hoof’ and ‘hooves’.
On that basis, it should be ‘Rooves’ but that didn’t look exactly perfect. Neither did ‘roofs’ because the ‘v’ was too prominent in the brain.
Just like Mick, Eureka struck with the idea to introduce an apostrophe – sure, no one will know the difference.
Wrong – there is at least one looking for flying apostrophes!!
They were killed on 23rd November, 1867 so there has been many On This Day type references in the past few days including ExecutedToday, Stair na hÉireann, Ireland In History and StuartBorthwick.
Jean Prendergast’s tweets regularly include clips form newspapers 100 years ago. The Manchester Martyrs featured often recently with marches, parades, prayers among other anniversary actions. ComeHereToMe’s blog yesterday mentioned a final march to Glasnevin cemetery, without the bodies.
Maybe the book will educate but it appears, just like Pearse’s words at Rossa’s grave, that the Fenian dead Manchester Martyrs were a rallying call, a cause behind which Republican groups united in a common cause – such unity proving beneficial for later activities.
I had read of this sculpture being made earlier this year.
It was the first time I read of the donation by the Choctaw Indians to the Irish in the famine times.
Choctaw was filed away in my mental log with Billie Joe MacAllister. I am not sure I knew of it as a Native American tribe – let alone one who was so generous to Ireland.
The Long March is now on the ‘Books To Look Out For’ list. A trip to photograph the plaque at the Mansion House is also on a To Do list – but I am unlikely ever to get to Cleveland.
Heading east today, the sculpture is in place and visible from the by-pass.
I suspect that it has not yet been officially unveiled – if that is the appropriate word for something so big that no veil will cover. I hope that an information board is being prepared for that day to tell the story.
Well done Alex Pentek
Over a year later, surfing through YouTube, I come across Damien Dempsey's message of thanks - definitely recommend a listen
This was definitely a first.
I have seen painted street art and stencil art. Art installations, photographs and tiles have been observed. I have even seen powerhose art.
I cannot recall ever seeing pencil sketch street art previously.
I have now.
I was in Limerick today for a funeral.
After the mass, I walked towards the centre and spotted this. It was new to me.
Limerick’s right to be considered the leader in street art, or Urban Exhibitionism, has a stronger argument.
Century Ireland tweeted that yesterday was the anniversary of the birth of Hugh Lane, born on 9th November, 1875.
It reminded me of this plaque at St Luke’s Church in Douglas.
I understand, from talk on Heritage Day, that he was born in Douglas, at Ballybrack House on Donnybrook Hill, and christened in the church but, that that was the extent of his time spent in Cork as soon after he was brought to England where he grew up.
Féilire Gaeilge tweeted today to say it was the anniversary of the death of Charles DeGaulle.
It reminded me of this monument that I spotted in Sneem last year and had mentally filed away as to why it had been erected.
It appears that he visited on a number of occasions and that the monument was erected in 1994, 25 years after his visit in 1969.
Some more headstones from St Finbarr’s Cemetery by Seamus Murphy - this time depicting a church organ and a harp.
Definitely, an open air gallery.
I always understood that it was two separate words – Land Rover. The Land Rover website does confirm this.
It does make one wonder as to how much of a specialist they might be. Is it actually a specialist of Land Rover vehicles?
More work of Seamus Murphy that I spotted this week – after my conversational Irish class.
That is some beard that Mr Dunlop had.
Considering that John Boyd Dunlop died when Seamus Murphy was only fourteen, I wonder what he had to work on to create a 3-D image.
The plaque is not very prominently located – considering this is my third year attending at the O’Rahilly Building each Wednesday evening of a 20 week course and this was the first time that the corridor door was open and I saw it.
I spotted this work by Seamus Murphy when at St Finbarr’s Cemetery recently.
I do like.
It has got me thinking that the number of blog posts about Seamus Murphy’s work and the number of other headstones and statues that I have photographed on my travels may be best in a separate section.
Another for the To Do list
Today’s update from Stair na hEireann, told of a skirmish at Ballineen and Enniskeane in West Cork.
“1922 – Skirmish between National Army and Republican troops who attack military posts in two villages, Enniskean and Ballineen in West Cork. Five Free State soldiers are injured, two fatally. Republican losses are at least two dead; a section commander Tadhg O’Leary and a volunteer, both IRA West Cork Brigade”
The plaque on the building in Enniskeane confirms one of the dead as John Howell who was some distance from home.
The plaque to Timothy O’Leary’s is in the adjoining village of Ballineen.
I definitely need to allocate time to upload all of the photographs of the Civil War/ War of Independence memorials.
‘Dead Funny’ was one of my purchases on my most recent visit to An Café Liteartha when west of Dingle for the Bank Holiday.
I smiled on page 2 at ‘I told you’s I was sick’.
I definitely did not expect to see something similar only a week later – in Curraghkippane.
But I did.
I had ‘tosaigh’ filed away in the conversational Irish part of my brain as meaning ‘start’, as in commence something.
I spotted this recently on College Road and was puzzled. Tearma.ie has now confirmed that ‘Doras Tosaigh’ is indeed ‘Front Door’ and that ‘tosaigh’ has a range of alternative uses including initial, forward and opening.
It is a bad day that I do not learn something new…..
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