I think it is great when I spot something unusual on a building – something that the many who pass by regularly do not appear to notice.
Last October, I spotted this on the wall on Washington Street, near St FinnBarre’s Bridge. I had a vague recollection of seeing a message in a similar style somewhere previous – but had not photographed, unfortunately.
Taking the photograph, I was hoping that I would again pass the one that I had previously seen; that I could then take a photograph; and then compare the two.
At the start of November, a family break to Paris saw us walking back from Basilica Sacré-Coeur towards Montmatre. I spotted this.
To my eyes, there are definite similarities with the eye and the four teeth/triangles – but any more than that had me beaten. I do not know.
The Paris message appears to translate as ‘To Victory Always’ which does not relate to ‘Rocking The World’.
This is still a riddle waiting to be solved.
Are the eyes and teeth a coincidence?
Is there a link between the messages?
I found the photograph of the original marking. It is at St Patrick’s Quay.
It is of similar style to the other two I have seen – but I am still completely lost as to the meaning.
I do like visiting cemeteries. I do like mosaics.
It is not often that the two combine but they did so in Castlebar a few months back.
I had an early morning stroll around the cemetery. I stopped to ponder at the ceramic mosaic.
It appeared to be a triple grave but if anyone else was to be buried on the left section, it would mean destroying the mosaic.
Briefly I wondered as to whether that section was full; whether a decision was made that no more would be buried on that side; or even none buried at all on that side. Then I walked on and it was mentally filed away as a potential blog, sometime.
Over the Christmas break, I spotted a tweet from GraveyardDetective where he had spotted a headstone in Anfield Cemetery upon which was engraved the message that the grave was not to be reopened after the couple were buried.
It did add a sense of mystery and intrigue.
I have seen similar messages only relating to Irish Republican Memorials but to effect that gate/wall remains until Ireland is fully free. I have never seen such a message in a cemetery.
Back to Anfield - Why? Why was it necessary to have engraved? Was it obeyed?
I have no answers so your imagination is probably as good as mine, if not better – let it loose on that for a while.
A final reminder to self – better upload those mosaics that I have spotted around Cork. Until then, a taster.
My curiosity levels were raised in Westport over the Christmas holidays.
I spotted this chamber cover in the footpath, or alternatively the sidewalk, when we spent a very pleasant couple of days in Co. Mayo.
I had never heard of the Irish American Oil Company Limited until it stared back up at me from the path. The Companies Registration Office advises that it was founded in 1951 and dissolved in 1990 – having filed last accounts in 1980.
I spotted this plaque recently on the gable wall of the former Infant School at Higher O’Connell Street in Kinsale.
The screw fixings do give the indication that it is probably not original to the building. Google streetview confirms that it was in place in 2011.
I am lost as to its meaning.
I have not seen anything like it before, or since.
Upto last week I had never heard of a ‘cannon bath’.
I was very envious when JV showed me this in his garden. I have been on the lookout for disused cast iron water tanks that may be coming out of old buildings exactly for the use here – probably different plants but definite same use (beauty, eye, beholder and all that).
This cast iron tank is stamped BO (Board of Ordnance) 1836 and was found at Murphy Barracks in Ballincollig after it was sold and undergoing development.
There is a bridge at Faha.
As there are at least 9 places called Faha in the country, there is likely to be more than one bridge in Faha. I can confidently say ‘at least’ as the three listed on Logainm in Co. Kerry exclude Faha on the R563 from Killarney to Milltown (or on to Dingle) -the one that has been in and out of my thoughts for over a year.
I stopped to photograph the postbox and noted this plaque on the bridge with three letters and a date – E.M.B. April 1816.
I admit failure. Since April, 2015 I have been unable to even find one suggestion for E.M.B..
I am hoping that the expression ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ may extend to riddles and puzzles…..
In Ballydehob, I thought there was religious veneration.
This, we spotted on the Naas Road and, while not definite, think that it is very probably a public display of religious admiration.
The recent tweet from Irish Garrison Towns as to the smiling Jesus at the Calvary at Ringaskiddy brought me back to Inchicore.
It may bring a smile to you – or maybe not…..
It is not often that the name of a brick manufacturer is visible in a structure – any such name generally is faced up or down and so covered by mortar and the next layer.
A while back, I spotted this in a wall near Seminary Buildings off Great William O’Brien Street. It is the only dark brick in an otherwise red wall.
I can make out ‘Buckley’ but no more from the wording – possibly ‘Hancock’. I have not yet come across a brick manufacturer called ‘Buckley’ – it remains on the ‘To Find Out More’ list.
Here’s hoping someone does know some more about this rogue brick.
I am supposing that it was not a ‘Boot Factory’ – primarily for reasons of layout in that an additional letter would have brought the word a bit too close to Walsh.
If a Motor Factor sells car parts and equipment, did a ‘Boot Factor’ sell parts for boots, or the full pair of boots?
I spotted this ghostsign a few weeks back in Roscommon town. I cannot recall ever seeing reference to a ‘Boot Factor’ prior to this. Chambers does confirm that to factor is to act on someone’s behalf, but that does not really help.
Was ‘factor’ used in times past instead of ‘shop’?
Today, once again, is a day for question, not answer.
I have never seen a plaque like this before.
This plaque is on the R360 in Co. Galway, a bit south of Williamstown.
As with many plaques, it gives an outline but does intrigue a bit as to the full story.
Why did the Shally family leave? Was it their choice or were they compelled by the Land Commission; or a landlord; or even for reasons of work? Did they own the house? If so, was it sold or does it remain in the family?
Why move to Tulsk in a neighbouring county?
Because of the unusual message on the plaque, to me it definitely asks more questions than it answers.
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