Below are photographs of the interiors of three Cathedrals.
Take your pick.
Above is a painting by Sir John Lavery held in Crawford Art Gallery.
Below are photographs of the interiors of three Cathedrals.
Take your pick.
This blog post has been rambling around my brain for over two years – hopefully it will not be as long when you get to the end.
Today’s listing from Stair na hÉireann advised that on this day in 1916, Séan Ó Ríordáin was born.
This prompted a reminder to self to finish the grouping of the very many photographs and start uploading here. I have spent a while this afternoon putting together the different aspects relating to Seán Ó Ríordáin that I have encountered in the past few years – as well as a bit of a distraction on YouTube.
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I was sorting through some photographs taken during the Summer and spotted that today was the anniversary of the Earl of Desmond.
As good a reason as any to try to get back to more regular blogging.
Logainm assists with the meaning of Glenageenty – Gleann na Ginnte
Another word added to my Irish vocabulary – dícheann – to behead
Two week ago, I had an early start for a number of meetings in Waterford. I afforded myself the luxury of a slow-ish spin home and some stops for discovering and learning – there are always new plaques and signs to be read.
The leisurely speed presented the opportunity to spot a plaque in the grounds of a GAA Club through the fields. I went exploring and learnt.
I had known that in the early years of inter-county G.A.A. matches, the county was represented by a Club – effectively similar to the All-Ireland Club Championship as is now. This had been filed away in my knowledge bank with Kildare’s white jerseys being first worn by Clane who represented Kildare in their first inter-county match.
I did not know that the first round of inter-county matches was held in 1887, 130 years ago, on this day. Ballyduff Lower represented Waterford and this plaque was erected to record the event.
I was somewhat surprised at the listing of 33 names but assumed that it related to all players who played in the county championship as well as the inter-county.
The entrance gate to the club was being painted at the time when I visited. I have no doubt that the painter was a volunteer club member. It was he who educated that teams had 21 players a side in 1887. He also said that in 1987, there was 21-a-side match between Ballyduff and Young Irelands to commemorate and record the first inter-county match.
Interesting asides from the 1887 football championship include that Kilkenny beat Cork; and, that Commercials of Limerick were the inaugural winners.
I now have another prompt not to forget my wedding anniversary.
A while back, I heard at a talk that Cecil Guthrie was the only Auxiliary buried in Ireland.
Today, after hanging around the courthouse for most of the day, I took some chill-out time, and walked through the cemetery at the former Church of Ireland church over the bridge on the way upto Macroom square.
There I read of Cleve Soady who died of wounds suffered at the Coolavokig Ambush, near Baile Mhuirne, on 25th/26th February, 1921 – one of a few (or three) Auxiliaries buried in Ireland.
I wonder how long it will be before I spot another Auxiliary’s headstone…..
I have spotted many plaques to General Tom Barry – where he lived, where he fought, and where he is buried.
One common denominator is that they are all in County Cork.
Last weekend, the daily updates from Stair na hÉireann listed the anniversary of the death of Tom Barry (2nd July,1980 ) and also his birth (1st July, 1897). What I hadn’t realised was that the birth was in Co. Kerry.
The 1901 census confirms that Thomas B. Barry, then 3 years old, was resident at house 35 in Langford in Killorglin, Co. Kerry. His mother is listed as head of house. His father is not mentioned on that form so I assumed that he may be at the R.I.C. barracks, where he then worked – retiring a few while later and returning with family to West Cork.
But the only other Thomas listed for Killorglin that night was not his father –so maybe he did manage to opt out for a while. Or maybe I need to search further.
Reverting to Google streetview, it appears that, unlike so many places in Co Kerry,
Killorglin has not erected a plaque to record the residency of the young Tom Barry.I hope to visit in the coming weeks and visit to confirm.
That is not to say that Kerry is short of republican memorial plaques
Not for the first time, a trip to the cemetery has led to learning and connecting of historical dots of information.
The cemetery in question is at St Bartholomew’s Church in Kinneigh, Co Cork – the location of the only round tower with an hexagonal base, as well as headstone commemorating O’Mahony Mór.
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…..
I spotted this plaque close to Knockraha outside Cork a while back.
It prompted me to think on why ‘experimantal’ appears to have be replaced with ‘research’ .
Teagasc is the provider of ‘integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities’. Enterprise Ireland is involved in ‘research and innovation supports for businesses and researchers in Higher Education Institutes’
My memory of school is that experiments were a practical assistance to learning. I would not have any negative association with the word ‘experiment’.
Is there a perceived unwelcome association with ‘experiment’? Or did it just fall out of use?
Last Wednesday, the daily update from Stair na hÉireann advised that on 27 April, 1911 the ‘first ever Irish musical comedy, The Irish Girl, written by Percy French and Dr. W. Houston Collisson, is staged at the Queen’s Theatre, Dublin’.
It reminded me of this plaque in Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick that I had only seen days previously.
I hadn’t heard of either ‘The Irish Girl’or ‘have yez been to Dromcolliher’ previously – still learning from the signs
Yesterday was the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. 104 years ago, on 15th April, 1912.
News reports reminded of this plaque close to the church in Ovens, Co. Cork which I spotted a while back.
When there is a name and an image, it lifts the news beyond cold facts and numbers.
Twenty three years old and setting out on a new challenge.
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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