Irish Shop fronts

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 in Architecture | no responses

On the 18th of August the Irish Postal administration, An Post,  issued a stamp to mark an essential piece of Irish architectural history, Irish Shop Fronts. To nobody’s surprise (at least of those of us in west Cork) it included Clerke’s in Bridge Street, Skibbereen, a traditional grocery with a lovely front and inside all […]

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The death of Vernon Mount

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in Architecture | no responses

Vernon Mount perished recently in a fiery death which was long foretold.  For over 15 years in the hand of American property developers she had been abused, vandalised and warning signs ignored. Having all the privileges of owning Irish land seemingly the absentee owners had no responsibility for the land or its historic contents. On […]

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Ballinacarriga Castle

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 in Architecture | no responses

I was fortunate the other morning to enjoy a guided tour of Ballinacarriga Castle, one of the most intact tower houses in West Cork in the company of local historian Gearoid. Fortunate for access to this former strongpoint of the Hurley Clan is difficult. It has a fine setting overlooking a Lough and with commanding […]

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Angela Lansbury’s Cork hideaway

Posted on Feb 20, 2016 in Architecture | no responses

HOLLYWOOD star Angela Lansbury has spoken of her love for Ireland saying that she loves nothing better than a good cup of Barry’s tea to “really get me off and running”. The 90-year-old Murder She Wrote star, who is an Irish citizen, owns a home in Co Cork and has a long association with the […]

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Art Nouveau in Prague

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in Architecture | no responses

The Art Nouveau movement brought a new style to visual arts and architecture in Europe and Prague. It was developed by a brilliant and energetic generation of artists and designers, Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) being the most distinguished Czech visual artist of the Art Nouveau movement. Art Nouveau designers believed Art should work in harmony to […]

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London’s surprising Eltham Palace

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 in Architecture | no responses

London is a city of many surprises but one of the greatest is Eltham Palace – An Art Deco Palace contained within a Tudor Palace whose most famous inhabitant probably was a lemur called Mah-Jongg! Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930s cutting-edge technology, […]

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The forgotten pyramids of Nubia

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Architecture | no responses

Travelling some years ago down to Rameses II great Temple at Abu Simbel on the Sudanese border thoughts turned to the great and historic land which lied beyond, the ancient land of Nubia and its capital al-Kharṭūm (Khartoum) , where the rivers which supported the earliest human civilisations, the Blue and White Nile, come together. […]

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Bridges of Britain

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 in Architecture | no responses

The latest set of first class stamps depict 10 of the UK’s most dramatic bridges. Images range from humble stone crossings dating back centuries, through to landmarks of engineering and symbolic structures. Royal Mail said the series demonstrates “leaps in engineering” by progressive architects. It will also issue a special postmark across the country to […]

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Dublin – The world’s first purpose built Parliament

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 in Architecture | no responses

Many (including my fellow Dubliner’s) are surprised to learn that the world’s first purpose designed two chamber Parliament building is in Dublin and is largely extant. When Parliaments emerged they were housed in existing buildings – Palaces or Great Houses, Town Halls or Churches but in the Irish Parliament was housed in a revolutionary purpose […]

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Eileen Gray @ Irish Museum of Modern Art

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 in Architecture | no responses

It was wonderful visiting in November 2013 to see one of Dublin’s hidden treasures which is little known at the moment to visitors and an exhibition it is hosting curated by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, on Ireland’s greatest designer Eileen Gray. On an elevated site at Kilmainham commanding views of the Liffey and the Phoenix […]

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The Eagle On London

King’s Cross Tube Disaster

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Crush on The Tube

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Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs

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Green Lanes on The Tube

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