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Islands in the Irish Sea

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Calf of Man

This might seem like a boring old post, but there are many islands here that I never previously heard about. In Ireland we are so focused on islands in the Atlantic that we ignore completely what is on the east coast. Many people in Dublin struggle to place Bull Island and it is only 7km…

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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 town. 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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Ports in the Irish Sea

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There are many large and small ports – some less operational than others – along the shores of the islands. I want to explore each of these in a little more detail to understand the various intersections of communication and traversing in the Irish Sea. These ports have emerged for various reasons. But and some…

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Land-bridge between Ireland and Britain

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Landbridge - Britain and Ireland

It is believed that there was a land-bridge connecting the south-east of Ireland to the south of England – this existed before humans arrived in Ireland. I mentioned this previously in the post related to the birth of the Irish Sea – where during the Ice Age there existed a freshwater late before it was…

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The Irish Sea is Born

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Irish Sea Dublin

It was 20 millions years ago that Britain and Ireland ended up where they are now.  Almost 300 million years before that, the super continent Gondwanaland had began to separate in a north-south movement. Then 100 million years ago this shifted a an east-west separation, and by 40 million years ago the Atlantic Ocean was…

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Where is the Sea? The curious case of sea-blindness

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Brighton Pavillion

“The British Isles depend on the sea, but we who live here can suffer from sea-blindness, little realising how much our way of life is made possible through ships that bring goods and food, export our manufactured products, and provide the naval defence of our island.” These are the opening words of a book by…

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North Bull, South Bull

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North Bull, South Bull - Dublin

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River Liffey

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River Liffey

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Poolbeg yacht and boat club

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Poolbeg yacht and boat club

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