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The engineering super star – Bindon Blood Stoney

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Offaly Superstars - Lowry and Stoney

In 2019 Shane Lowry from Clara in County Offaly won the British Golf Open and underlined his international sporting superstar status. But Lowry was not the first bearded superstar from Offaly. Bindon Blood Stoney was born in County Offaly in 1828 and he would go on to be an engineering heavyweight – though without getting…

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Planet Jupiter comes to Dublin 5

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Jupiter

I had not realised that one could easily see a planet in the sky, even a large one such as Jupiter. And now I know that Galileo had four centuries previously identified four moons orbiting the planet, and yet Jupiter only came into my orbit this summer.  

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Inspired by the Spire

in Dublin/Fresh/Monuments/Recent
Spire next to trees in Dublin

Monuments need to be reconsidered in order to see them in a fresh way.  But as we have seen from other articles here, they are very much part of their time, and often related to tourism. The Spire was installed in Dublin in 2003, and was hated by more people than it was loved. Now sixteen…

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The Drumlins and Vikings of Strangford Lough

in Boats/Fresh/Geology/Irish Sea

Though Strangford Lough is a long way from Scandinavia, it has an impressive Viking heritage. The ford from Old Norse Strangr Fjörðr. But it was also host to a battle between two groups of Viking rivals.

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La Girona – hospitality and in-hospitality of the Irish coastline

in Atlantic Ocean/Boats/Fresh/Shipwrecks

Ireland wasn’t always the best place to land if you were a Spanish sailor of the 16th century. The ships of the Spanish Armada which ended up on Irish shores received different sorts of welcomes. And sometimes the local people were more pleasant than the weather conditions. 

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Birr and the Stoneys- And the largest telescope in the world

in Buildings/Fresh/Science and Geography

William Parsons put Offaly at the centre of global astronomy in 1845. He built the largest telescope in the world until the construction of the 100-inch (2.5 m) Hooker Telescope in California in 1917. 

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Birr is part of the world’s largest network of radio telescopes

in Fresh/Science and Geography

LOFAR is an interconnected series of radio telescopes that form the world’s largest radio telescope. Though most of the sites are based in the Netherlands, many are elsewhere including the most westerly antenna in the park at Birr Castle.

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The road needs to be less travelled

in Fresh/Science and Geography

Electric cars are in the news. But how about travelling less? Or is this too much for people to stomach? 

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Smog and Polar Warming

in Climate Change/Fresh/Science and Geography
Smog Family

Warmer conditions in the Arctic may lead to severe clouds of pollution in many cities in Asia, including Beijing and Delhi. With climate change models prediction increased temperature increases in the Arctic this will have wide reaching impact on human health in Asia. 

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