THREE STAGES OF PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART – BLANK – WIP – FINISHED
Work has been completed.
I thought that it might be a good idea to capture the three stages of creating paint-a-box street art.
BEFORE THE SURGE – DINING OUTDOORS ON CAPEL STREET
This is Capel Street at around mid-day on Friday 16 June 2021 and a few hours later it was crowded but well managed by the restaurants and pubs on the street. I had lunch at Eatokyo before it got busy.
On Monday I received my Digital Travel Certificate and on Thursday I discovered that it could be uploaded to the Track And Trace App which is good because it is almost guaranteed that I will lose the paper version. I am planning to visit Kilkenny for the best part of a week at the end of July and I really do hope that the indoor dining begins by the 26th.
Traffic is banned from Capel Street and Parliament Street from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between June 11 and July 18 to facilitate outdoor dining. I do not know if the ban has been extended but I am assuming that it will be.
CLONTURK HOUSE ON ORMOND ROAD IN DRUMCONDRA
I must admit that this is my first time to see Clonturk House and that I was not expecting to see much of interest on Ormond Road in Drumcondra.
Clonturk is an area on the Northside of Dublin, in Ireland. It is located in the south of the suburb of Drumcondra, just north of the River Tolka, but previously, Clonturk had been an alternative name for Drumcondra and the wider area.
Clonturk lies within the Dublin 9 postal district. The name Clonturk translates from the Irish as “Pasture of the boars”.There is some evidence that the name originally was Ceann Torc or the “Headland of the boars”, but had changed to Clonturk by the middle of the 16th century.
Clonturk House on Ormond Road was built in 1830 by the then City Architect, as a gentleman’s residence and was one of Drumcondra’s fashionable big houses. It was extensively renovated in 1880 and given its Georgian frontage. The carved stone balustrade which now forms its boundary came from the original Carlisle Bridge (built by James Gandon) and was moved there by the builder of the present O’Connell Bridge (who was living in Clonturk House circa 1880).
For a number of years until 1960 Clonturk House was run by The Presbyterian Church which gave accommodation to girls attending school in dublin both as fee paying and on a susidised basis.
In 1955, The Rosminians were appointed by the Archbishop of Dublin to run services for the Blind in St Joseph’s, Drumcondra, Dublin. The School which became known as St Joseph’s School for the Blind, and Visually Impaired, was residential and was officially opened in 1960 by the Dept. of Education. Until 2009 Clonturk House was a home for blind men.
A number of neighbouring streets bear the name Clonturk, including Clonturk Park, Clonturk Gardens, and Clonturk Avenue, probably as a result of their proximity to Clonturk House. There is also Clonturk Community College, further north on the Swords Road at Whitehall.
NEW STYLE PHONE KIOSK BESIDE A YELLOW DOOR- DORSET STREET
This street already has more than enough street furniture and I was a bit disappointed to see that a new digital advertising platform, disguised as a payphone, has been added.
Back in 2008, when I last checked, there were about 4000 telephone kiosks, public payphones, remaining in Ireland but there were only about 450 at the beginning of this year . Many were removed because they attracted anti-social behaviour and others were removed because of lack of use.
Earlier this year Eir applied for planning permission to replace 22 replace old payphones in Dublin with upgraded versions that include Wi-Fi, interactive touchscreens and information services for tourists. The new structures were described as “open stand-alone kiosks designed to reduce instances of anti-social behaviour, improve street furniture and provide enhanced services to users including interactive, digital information points.”
MY FIRST VISIT TO DRUMCONDRA CHURCH – CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
I arrived just before 5PM only to discover that the grounds close to the public at 4PM but a church official/volunteer kindly permitted me to photograph the ground until about 6PM and he also provided me with a lot of information relating the the parish and the church.
Drumcondra Church of Ireland is a Church of Ireland church located in Drumcondra, Dublin, previously in the Civil Parish of Clonturk. The church and its churchyard contain memorials to a number of notable historical figures.
In 1743 the dilapidated old church of the parish of Clonturk was rebuilt by a Miss Coghill as a memorial to her brother, who lived in Drumcondra House, Dr. Marmaduke Coghill, who died in 1738. On the northside of the church is the large tomb of Dr. Coghill, born in 1673 in Dublin, who was a judge of the Prerogative Court and Chancellor of the Exchequer, as well as being an MP in the Irish Parliament. On the tomb reclines his effigy in his official robes, with figures of Minerva and Religion below.
By about 1721, Marmaduke Coghill was in control of the interments. In 1733 Henry Hamilton was succeeded as incumbent by Edward Hudson, followed by Robert Johnson in 1740, in 1748 James Edkins, 1781 Charles O’Neill, 1789 Jacob Cramer, 1816 William Barlow, and in 1826, James Duncan Long.
In 1896 Drumcondra parish was merged with North Strand.
Today, together with the North Strand Church (Waterloo Avenue) it serves the Anglican community as part of the Parish of Drumcondra, North Strand, and St Barnabas. The Parish would be bounded by Clontarf Parish (confusingly also dedicated to St. John the Baptist) to the east, St. Mobhi’s Church, Glasnevin, to the West, and St. Pappan’s Church, Santry to the North. Since 2016 Drumcondra (and North Strand) also serve the Parish of St. George and St. Thomas, which is to the South of Drumcondra Church.
The church contains a memorial to parishioners who fought in the Great War.
A report of 1831 stated that the churchyard was in a deplorable condition – no sooner was a body buried but it was removed by body-snatchers. Over the following two years the church and churchyard were renovated and a cottage was provided for a watchman to watch over the graves at all times.
Notable people buried in the churchyard include:
James Gandon (1743–1823), architect, designer of the Custom House, Dublin. Gandon was buried by his own request in the grave of his lifelong friend, Francis Grose.
Francis Grose (1731–1791), antiquary, died in the home of Horace Hone and was buried 18 May 1791 on the south-side of the churchyard in the presence of his nephew Lieutenant Daniel Grose, Horace and Camillus Hone, James Gandon and Christopher Pack the painter. A view of the church and churchyard drawn by Daniel Grose bears the inscription: To James Gandon and Samuel Walker Esqrs., Mr. Horace Hone and Richd. Edwd. Mercier who attended the funeral of the late Francis Grose Esqr. to the Church of Drumcondra near Dublin, where his Remains were deposited 18th May, 1791. The figure of Captain Grose in the image is placed on his own grave.
Thomas Furlong, poet, who translated Carolan’s The Irish Minstrelsy, died in 1827 aged 33 years and was buried near the monument of Francis Grose. His grave bore the memorial: To the Memory of Thomas FURLONG, Esq. In whom the purest principles of Patriotism and honour were combined with Superior Poetic Genius This Memorial of Friendship is erected by those who valued and admired his various talents, public integrity and private worth. He died 25th July, 1827 aged 33 years. May he rest in peace!
Theophilus Moore, who was buried near Thomas Furlong, settled on the Palmerston estate in Old Rathmines and opened an academy where Thomas Moore the poet, a namesake and kinsman, attended. Shortly after coming to Dublin, Theophilus Moore first published Old Moore’s Almanac in 1764.
George Grierson (c 1678–1753), printer and publisher. In 1720 he was one of the churchwardens. Grierson married three times. His first wife was buried on 19 May 1726. He married secondly in 1726 the talented editor and poet Constantia Crawley, who was buried 4 December 1732 and other Griersons were buried 30 July 1731, 20 March 1732, and 11 March 1739.
Patrick Heeney (1881–1911), composer of the music of the Irish national anthem “Amhrán na bhFiann” (“The Soldier’s Song”).
Two Commonwealth service war graves – a Drummer of the Royal Engineers of World War I and a Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve officer of World War II.