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North Bull creation story – The Myth of Wall which came before the Island

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It is long accepted in Dublin that Bull Island did not exist until the building of the North Bull Wall – which was built in an effort to reduce the silt ending up in Dublin Port and as a result this silt was diverted elsewhere to North Bull. In 1871 the island was estimated at…

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A Lighthouse on the Move in space and time – North Wall Quay lighthouse

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North Wall Quay lighthouse

The North Wall Quay light house was sort of built in and around 1820. Except that the location where it sits did not exist. We are not even certain when the existing version of the lighthouse was built.  Was it really in 1904? This article is also a minor celebration of the work of the…

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Crossing an invisible river – Donnycarney Bridge

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Donneycarney Bridge

For many years I have walked over a bridge, without knowing I was on a bridge. The small red brick Donnycarney Bridge, which was built in 1896 and stands just beyond the Collins Avenue and Malahide Road junction, replaced an ancient stone structure called Scurlogue’s Bridge. 

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The Year of the French – When the French came to Sligo 6,000 years ago

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Carrowmore is found in a unique piece of geography, the Cuil Irra (Coolrea) peninsula, a triangle of land bounded by water on three sides. Ballisodare Bay lies to the south, the Atlantic ocean to the west and Sligo Bay to the north. Lough Gill is to the east beyond Carns Hill, connected to the sea…

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Gallipolli – The Ultimate War Memorial Resort

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Gallipoli British Memorial

When I think of Gallipoli, I think of Australia and New Zealand. Or at least that was the case until I visited the peninsula in 2019.  Many more British and Irish soldiers died in Gallipoli than those from Australia or New Zealand. This was not a war fought in the defense of Australia or New…

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Derry City and War. How memorials can grow old but remain cool. Sometimes.

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Derry City Peace Bridge Sign

Derry City has an historical legacy which is at the forefront of its tourism and also its image. These two elements crystallise around the Siege of Derry in 1689 and also the Civil Right’s movement of the 1960’s and the violence which came after. Memorials are not so good at keeping a low profile at…

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Honey-combed French-style – The Sun

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Inouye telescope - sun

Extremely detailed images of the sun have been captured by the Inouye telescope in Hawaii. The telescope’s 30km resolution is more than twice that of the next best solar observatories.  You can see the image below. The sun presents itself almost like a bee-built honeycomb structure. 

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The International Sailor of Derry – A man just getting on with his job

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International Sailor Sculpture Derry

Most of the time I feel war memorials have little to do with the horror of war and have more to do with the expected viewership and even planning laws. The International Sailor in Derry is a great example of compromise for a modern era. A away from the centre of a divided city –…

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Old Harbour – Rotterdam

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Rotterdam Old Harbour

Oude Haven, the old harbour was created around 1350 as a result of the damming of the river Rotte. As the name might suggest it is the oldest harbour in Rotterdam. Moored here are many historic ships which have been carefully renovated. There are other artefacts from the past including a train.

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High Tea and Tea Trade – Piet Hein, the Pirate of Delfshaven

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Delfshaven

A brief visit to Delfshaven allowed me to linger along port side, and have an almost idyllic drink. The “almost” moment came as a consequence of being disturbed by a group of summer-time wasps, attracted to the nearby High Teas that came with multi-layered trays of mini-cakes.  Later I learned how tea was at the…

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