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The low-profile straits – The Sea of Moyle

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Sea of Moyle

There is a Sea, next to Ireland that I never heard of –  What a surprise! I had always presumed that only one label existed – the North Channel – but the Straits of Moyle (Sruth na Maoile in Irish and Scottish Gaelic) or Sea of Moyle sits in the North Channel between northeastern County Antrim…

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Rathlin Island East Lighthouse and Robert the Bruce

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Rathlin Island East Lighthouse

The name of George Halpin seems to pop up everywhere in Ireland. And Rathlin Island did not evade his engineering pencil; he designed the lighthouse on the east end of Rathlin. Opened in 1856, it was unique by having two lights in order to improve its visibility in foggy conditions.

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Antrim coastal road, connections with Asia, and a Polar Bear

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Antrim coast road

The coastal road of Antrim was sublime and beautiful even though I arrived late to the area. With few cars, it brought me a constant murmur of delight; it had that perfect road-trip vibe.

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Ossian’s Grave, Cushendall – Reclaiming heroes

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Ossian's Grave - megalithic court cairn - Cushendall

The excellent voicesfromthedawn.com blog offers an interesting insight into a literary sensation of the 1760’s.  James Macpherson claimed that a series of books including “Fingal, a Poem in Six Books” were merely a translation of a third century poet called Ossian. But he was less forthcoming when asked to present these ancient manuscripts. 

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The North Bull sparkles in the summer sunshine

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Sunset on Bull Island

Only a smidgen of effort has been required to take beautiful photos of Dublin this summer. The following were taken on a single evening last week.

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The monks who were engineers – Nendrum monastic site

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Nendrum monastic site - Sun Dial

There are some wonderful Ireland-focused blogs. Perhaps we need an official directory of high-standard personal blogs pertaining to the island. This one is a charm – rmchapple.blogspot.com by archaeologist Robert M Chapple, which contains a wide variety of engaging topics. I certainly will not be trying to compete with someone who keeps a catalogue of Radiocarbon…

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Ringneill Quay

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Ringneill Quay

Ringneill is a promontory enclosed on three sides by Strangford Lough. There is a causeway to Reagh Island and to the early monastery of Nendrum on Mahee Island.  The area around Ringneill Quay was once a busy place. Fishing boats on Strangford Lough anchored here, and a thousand years before we would have seen Vikings. Ringneill…

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Cannes is a place for happy thoughts

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1913 La Croisette, Cannes

I took a carefree August-time stroll down the La Croisette promenade of Cannes.  These are two kilometres of pure laid-back stupor.  A dense assortment of casinos, beach-side restaurants, yachts, every kind of chair, with a sumptuous array of plants and flowers. Cannes feels impermanent, as if it were built in 1920, and my first surprise is that…

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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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