Piers of the Realm

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on Piers of the Realm

A fire that ripped through Eastbourne’s much loved Victorian pier is now feared to have been started deliberately. The blaze on Wednesday afternoon destroyed about a third of the 1,000ft (300m) long structure. Sussex Police said the force had received information suggesting the fire was started by someone “either deliberately or accidently”. It is understood […]

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Aldborough House in a ruinous state

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on Aldborough House in a ruinous state

  I was shocked on the recent visit to Dublin by the ruinous state of the last great Georgian townhouse built in the city, Aldborough House. Described by architectural historian Maurice Craig as having a “gaunt and melancholy air” its decline has been dramatic and with boarded and broken windows it now serves as Dublin’s […]

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Dublin’s Martello Towers

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 in Architecture | one comment

In Dublin the week before Bloomsday on a glorious sunny day I had the opportunity to re-visit Martello Tower No. 7 on Tara Hill in Killiney and contemplate one of Dublin’s great views and an amazing restoration of this wonderful Tower and surroundings by an old friend. The view is indeed beautiful with a vista […]

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Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

Posted on May 24, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

Truly shocking images today of what seemed to be a catastrophic fire at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic Glasgow School of Art. Now as the smoke has cleared firefighters battling the blaze say they have prevented the destruction of both the structure and the majority of its contents. Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews are continuing […]

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The Wonder of Waddesdon

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Architecture | 2 comments

  Travel about six miles out of Aylesbury on the A41 and on a hilltop on the left a strange mirage comes into view, a huge 16th Century French Renaissance-style château with flags flying magically on a hilltop to the left. As you come into the picturesque village of Waddesdon some clues to the ownership […]

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Restoration of Eileen Gray’s ground breaking villa E-1027

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 in Architecture | 2 comments

One of the most intriguing Irish designers was Eileen Gray (1878 – 1976), an Irish aristocrat who inhabited a bohemian world and who was neglected for much of her career but whose work and achievements has been greatly appreciated with hindsight, particularly in Ireland where she was largely unknown in her lifetime as she mainly […]

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Dublin’s historic Henrietta Street

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on Dublin’s historic Henrietta Street

Henrietta Street is Dublin city’s earliest Georgian Street. It is famous for its fine examples of Georgian architecture and for the many TV shows and Movies filmed there. Laid out in the 1720’s and 30’s it ascended a slope from Bolton Street to the Plover Field and it originally contained only 16 houses which are […]

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Euston we have a problem

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on Euston we have a problem

  The Eagle has long supported the campaign to rebuild the Euston Arch as part of the reconstruction of Euston Station, the first great gateway station to London on the line built by Robert Stephenson, the “Father of the Railway” whose statue is in front of the station. The demolition of the Euston Arch along […]

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The amazing John Soane and his equally amazing museum

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on The amazing John Soane and his equally amazing museum

    The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture calls Sir John Soane’s Museum “one of the most complex, intricate, and ingenious series of interiors ever conceived”. It is also a delightful rabbit warren of a place, with interlocking rooms on different levels crammed from floor to ceiling with pictures, prints, drawings, plaster casts, antique fragments, books […]

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Eileen Gray @ IMMA

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 in Architecture | Comments Off on Eileen Gray @ IMMA

Eileen Gray     It was wonderful at the weekend 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 […]

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The Eagle On London

Good old Guy Fawkes!

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Tube Tunes

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Schools to Prison on the Tube

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Happy Birthday Karl Marx

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The Eagle on Ireland

In Darkest Midwinter

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The murder of Canon Magner

Posted on Dec 15, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The murder of Canon Magner

The Boys of Kilmichael

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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