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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 Irish focused blogs. Maybe 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…

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Rossglass – Nature and People – Together or Apart?

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Rossglass Beach

Rossglass has an extended beach, a mixture of sand and various rocks of different sizes. St John’s Lighthouse is in the distance. The site is also the first in Northern Ireland to have a bye-law to protect  shore-nesting birds and seal pups from disturbance during their breeding season.

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Chester: Can anyone tell me where is the Port?

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I have made two quick visits to Chester. It is such a lovely city. Chester Rows, the Roman Walls, the Amphitheatre, Grosvenor Park, and the Canal Basins (and apparently there is even a Zoo!). But there was one thing that I could not find…… the Port! For hundreds of years before the prominence of Liverpool, Chester was…

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North Bull creation story

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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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