Eileen Gray @ IMMA

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 in Architecture | one comment

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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Dublin – Lepers, Lock and Clap

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 in Dublin | 3 comments

Two fascinating sites on Dublin history and lore have reawakened a certain nostalgia for my hometown and its somewhat colourful history. That history included squalor and disease as with the Act of Union in 1800 Dublin lost its Parliament and with it much of the aristocratic residents and trade. By the end of the 19th […]

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Bloomsday in Dublin

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 in Dublin | 3 comments

Dublin and Anna Livia Plurabella Everyone crushes into the city for March’s St Patrick’s Day parades, but far better to visit for the more esoteric Bloomsday on 16 June. It celebrates the life of James Joyce, and is named after Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses, and involves lots of readings, dramatisations and drinking. Many […]

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Bram Stoker

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 in Dublin | 3 comments

  The Google Doodle today is a nice tribute to Dubliner Bram Stoker and his famous Dracula. Stoker was born on November 8th, 1847. He grew up in Marino a suburb of Dublin. He could not stand on his feet till he was seven but later went on to excel in the sports field. Stoker […]

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Dublin and Monaghan Bombings

Posted on May 17, 2012 in Dublin | 21 comments

It may surprise many that the greatest number of civilian casualties in terrorist bombings in Ireland during the “Troubles” in the 70’s and 80’s occurred not in Northern Ireland but in the Republic 34 years ago today, mainly in my hometown of Dublin. The Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 17 May 1974 were a series […]

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The Lady Miranda Guinness

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 in Dublin | 2 comments

Being a Dubliner you grew up with Guinness, in fact you spent your youth inhaling it. Crossing over O’Connell Bridge in the city centre you inhaled the scent of roasted barley from the huge St. James’s Gate Brewery upstream on the River Liffey. It is the roasting of barley which makes gives Guinness its dark […]

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Ballymun Scouts

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 in Dublin | 27 comments

Recent trips to Ireland where I stayed in the Travelodge near my old neighbourhood in Ballymun resulted in two reflections. Firstly the needless waste on the Ballymun Public Housing development in North Dublin on the edge of the then city which is being demolished a mere 44 years after the 3,600 unit development was built. […]

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O’Donoghue’s Opera

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 in Dublin | Comments Off on O’Donoghue’s Opera

“O’Donoghue’s Opera” is a unique and hilarious film starring Ronnie Drew and his band of bohemian merrymakers who include ‘The Dubliners’ and other favourite Irish musicians of the time like the McKenna’s and Johnny Moynihan. Made in 1965, Ireland’s first musical was never completed due to financial difficulties and remained unseen until veteran filmmaker Tom […]

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Dublin Homecoming

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 in Dublin | Comments Off on Dublin Homecoming

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin The Dublin “Spike” (don’t ask!) and the statue of Trade Union leader Jim Larkin asking the question “where can I get a taxi around here?” I went back to the Fair City to see the parents and friends old and new. On the Friday met up in the Holy Grail of […]

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Dracula the Dubliner!

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 in Dublin | Comments Off on Dracula the Dubliner!

Dracula As it’s doppelgänger week on Facebook I’ve chosen another Dubliner for my alter ego, Count Dracula! OK he was based on Vlad the Impaler in Wallachia (now Transylvania in Romania) but inspired by Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1871 “Carmilla”, about a lesbian vampire who preys on a lonely young woman, Dubliner Abraham (Bram) […]

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The Longest Day

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Bloomsday 2019

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My Old Man

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An Irish song for May Day!

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