The longer I am at this blog, the more I realise that I will never have a complete collection of the eclectic things that keep me distracted.
The last month of centenary commemorations means that the percentage of plaque that I have photographed has decreased substantially – there being that many new plaques unveiled.
A while back, I was aware of two stained glass windows in Catholic churches commemorating Republican fighters who died prior to 1924.
Last weekend, driving back from my Conversational Irish break, I stopped to enter the church at Lispoole and found another.
The grotto outside the church is dedicated to Thomas Ashe who died by force-feeding while on hunger strike in 1917. The centre window behind the altar is dedicated to Thomas M. Ashe.
Plaques, Statues, Railway Stations, Bridges, G.A.A. Clubs – I have seen many of them commemorating those who died in 1916.
Last Sunday, on way home, I detoured to Ardfert and Banna to photograph memorials to Sir Roger Casement.
On days like this, there cannot be too many better places to be than the Dingle peninsula.
Peig to the left of me. StarWars to the right. And here I am stuck with this view.
Any plans I had for doing my own Camino have not developed in the recent years. They remain a notion with a probable route.
As mentioned before, every so often I will spot a book or something that will remind me of the unfulfilled wish.
When in Boolteens on the Dingle peninsula, I was surprised by a Fire Hydrant cover, complete with scallop shell. Those conscience prickers again catching me when I least expect.
A few years ago this would just have been another statue on display in St. Stephen’s Green.
Having learnt from signs about the sculptor Jerome Connor from Annascaul, Co. Kerry and a small bit about Robert Emmet, I did appreciate the sculpture a small bit more.
It was made 100 years ago – obviously the Easter Rising was not the only thing that happened that year.
The few minutes in St Stephen’s Green yesterday looking and touching did allow the centenary overload to be forgotten for just a while.
In Dingle recently, I spotted these little faces. They were looking down at all passers-by from Murphy’s Ice Cream shop.
At the start of the year, I spotted nice gutter brackets.
I wonder how many features I miss on my travels…..
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.
In Praise of the Unknown Artist
A few years back, homebound with a cold, I caught up on a number of radio documentaries from DocOnOne, including ‘A Convict Of The Road’. I had read briefly prior to that of the race but this was the first that I really learnt of Mick Murphy.
Last year, I was again reminded on Mick Murphy when I stopped opposite the Black Shop Bar to look at these commemorative plaques. I was reminded once again of Mick Murphy.
On Friday, I was on the 05.55 train to Dublin, checking Twitter, when I read of the death of Mick Murphy.
Today, I listened again to ‘A Convict Of The Road’, a memory of times well past.
It would be forty minutes well spent if you are tempted.
I added to my bookshelf this week.
There have been a number of dots joined in one year because eighteen months ago I would not have known who Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty was. That was my thought when I read of a talk in Dingle that had happened prior to our holidays.
Shortly after, his name cropped up when I was trying to find information on Delia Murphy. Then I spotted the statue in Killarney and had an item on the To Do list for the blog.
This summer the murals in Tralee and Killarney were spotted and have prompted today’s blog – now to get around to reading the book…..
It is so easy to line oneself up for a fall….
Earlier in the week, over coffee, we were chatting about someone heading to Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry for the weekend and I piped up to say that the church in Glenbeigh is the only place where I have seen a stained glass window dedicated to an I.R.A. member who died in the Civil War or War of Independence – having spotted the commemorative window to Frank O’Grady last year.
CC quickly educated me that there is a similar window much closer to home.
Later, a visit to the North Cathedal confirmed that Con and Jerh Delany are commemorated in the large window behind the altar.
Another reminder to self that one is forever learning.
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