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 […]

Read more

Dublin – Lepers, Lock and Clap

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 in Dublin | Comments Off on Dublin – Lepers, Lock and Clap

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 […]

Read more

Bloomsday in Dublin

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 in Dublin | one comment

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Dublin and Monaghan Bombings

Posted on May 17, 2012 in Dublin | 2 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 […]

Read more

The Lady Miranda Guinness

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 in Dublin | Comments Off on The Lady Miranda Guinness

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 […]

Read more

Ballymun Scouts

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 in Dublin | Comments Off on Ballymun Scouts

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. […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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) […]

Read more

The Eagle On London

Good old Guy Fawkes!

Posted on Nov 5, 2019 in Britain | Comments Off on Good old Guy Fawkes!

Tube Tunes

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in latest | Comments Off on Tube Tunes

Schools to Prison on the Tube

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Schools to Prison on the Tube

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Posted on May 5, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Happy Birthday Karl Marx

The Eagle on Ireland

In Darkest Midwinter

Posted on Dec 22, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on In Darkest Midwinter

The murder of Canon Magner

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

The Boys of Kilmichael

Posted on Nov 28, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Boys of Kilmichael

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Posted on Nov 22, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on John Fitzgerald Kennedy