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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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Inspired by the Spire

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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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Finding Dublin’s deeper side – Alexandra Basin

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Alexandra Basin Dublin

When you talk about Alexandra Basin, you are talking about the dreams of one young man:  Bindon Blood Stoney. He was the assistant engineer who had considerable vision, and conceived of much larger ships one day arriving in Dublin port. Today all of the new quays and docks that were designed and built by him…

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Vartry Water Supply Scheme – Engineering Envy and a mention in Ulysses

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Vartry water works

The Vartry Water Supply Scheme provides drinking water for a supply area stretching from Roundwood, through north Wicklow up to south Dublin and serves over 200,000 people. Not only was this an extraordinary feat of engineering, it also caught the imagination of James Joyce. 

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Storm Emma brings Snow to Dublin

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Dublin Snow storm March 2018 - St Annes Park

Storm Emma was a snow storm blizzard that hot Ireland in March of 2018, having arrived from the direction of the Bay of Biscay in France. It was the worst snow storm to hit Ireland since 2009, and brought the country to a slowdown for two working days. It is not often that Dublin experiences…

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Dun Laoighre East Lighthouse

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Dun Laoighre East Lighthouse was built in 1847. It is 17 metres and it became fully automated on 31 October 1977. This lighthouse was designed by George Halpin, that super productive engineer of the Ballast Port.

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Bremore – Possible Passage Tombs

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In Bremore there are five mounds – presumably passage tombs – the largest is three metres high. It is 25 metres in diameter. It is near the River Delvin References https://bremore.blogspot.ie/ http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=18219 photo: https://www.panoramio.com/photo/3735420    

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Lambay Axe Factory

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Lambay Island was a Neolithic axe factory. As well as stones being quarried here, they were also carved into “roughs” – and brought elsewhere for finishing. Between 1993-2001, there was a search in a valley on the western end of Lambay Island to search for evidence of the working of porphyritic andesite (porphyry) for stone axe…

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Balrothery – Standing Stone

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It is a surreal mix of Celtic Tiger housing, an IRA hunger striker, and an ancient stone.

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