I know that I and others have complained about how long it has taken to complete the work on Francis Street but until today I had been unaware that Francis Street has been preserved as a residential area, despite a 1968 traffic study recommending that it be levelled to make way for a route to Drogheda port.
According to the local weather forecast: We’re really at the start of potentially a long cold spell because really this cold weather is set to last all the way through next week. Met Éireann expects sharp frost and icy stretches to set in tonight as temperatures dip to -4C in places.
A Status Yellow freezing fog warning applies for all counties in the Republic of Ireland until midday tomorrow, causing potentially hazardous driving conditions.
Barcelona have a motto in ‘Mes Que Un Club’ that means far more than just the words “more than a club”.
Futbol Club Barcelona, commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça, is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, that competes in La Liga, the top flight of Spanish football.
Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, Catalan, German, and English footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto “Més que un club” (“More than a club”). Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. It is the fourth-most valuable sports team in the world, worth $4.76 billion, and the world’s fourth richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €582.1 million. The official Barcelona anthem is the “Cant del Barça”, written by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs. Barcelona traditionally play in dark shades of blue and garnet stripes, hence nicknamed Blaugrana.
Today I used a Sony FX30 and an EF mount Sigma 24-105mm lens with a metabones adapter and to be honest I was very disappointed with the performance of the combination mainly because it very difficult to focus.
I have seen, this in travel guides, named “Anchored Void” as well as “Void Anchored” but could not located it until I came across it while exploring a less visited area of Kilkenny Castle grounds.
In 2021, when I first photographed this somewhat isolated sculpture there was a thunder storm ongoing and I had to give up and return to my hotel room. This year the day started out wet but by the time I arrived at this sculpture it was really sunny and warm.
Michael Warren (born 1950 in Gorey, County Wexford, Ireland) is an Irish sculptor who produces site-specific public art.
Inspired by Oisín Kelly, his art teacher at St Columba’s College, Michael Warren studied at Bath Academy of Art, at Trinity College, Dublin and, from 1971–75, at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. He now lives and works in Co. Wexford.
He has a number of very visible works in Ireland, including the large sweeping wood sculpture in front of the Dublin Civic Offices. Wood Quay, where the civic offices stand, was the centre of Viking Dublin and the sculpture evokes the form, and the powerful grace, of a Viking ship. It also reflects vertically the horizontal sweep of the nearby Liffey as it enters its bay. A complex balance of meanings matching a delicate, though massive, balance of substance is typical of his work. Warren himself describes the useful ambiguity of abstraction (Hill 1998)
With Roland Tallon he created Tulach a’ tSolais (Mound of Light), a memorial to the 1798 rebellion. Here, a room was hollowed out of a small hill; the room contains two abstract curved oak forms and is illuminated by natural light falling through a long slot in its ceiling and walls. Despite the unusual and abstract constitution of this memorial and despite the fraught political resonance of the rebellion, Tulach a’ tSolais is popular and something of a local attraction. His Gateway in Dún Laoghaire was less popular with some local people and it was eventually removed and returned to the artist.
At the northern entrance to the village of Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, is a sculpture by Michael Warren, depicting the thrones of the ancient seat of the Kings of South Leinster at Dinn Righ (The hill of the Kings). The Kings of Leinster lived near the village.
Unfortunately as a funeral was in progress it was not possible for me to photograph the interior of the church but I do intent to revisit within a few weeks.
Constituted in 1941 from Terenure. The village of Crumlin has had an ecclesiastical presence for many centuries. After the Penal Times the first was built in 1726 as a Chapel of Ease to Rathfarnham. The present parish church was built in 1935 with the growth of housing in Crumlin.
Designed in the Hiberno Romanesque style, the main nave was built 1933-35. Transepts and Aspe were added in 1942. The Sanctuary was rearranged in 1975. Little work was undertaken in the intervening years.
In a 16 week period from June 2013, refurbishment and renewal works were completed. The refurbishment included reordering of the sanctuary and resetting the altar podium, provision of new altar furniture and liturgical art commissions, restoration of existing artwork, new side chapel and reconciliation room, insulation of roof space, under floor heating, new flooring, new public facilities, refurbishment of pews and narthex, general redecoration, new lighting, enhanced disabled facilities and new entrance forecourt.
The River Poddle is a river in Dublin, Ireland, a pool on which (dubh linn, “black pool” or “dark pool” in Irish) gave the city its English language name. Boosted by a channel made by the Abbey of St. Thomas à Becket, taking water from the far larger River Dodder, the Poddle was the main source of drinking water for the city for more than 500 years, from the 1240s. The Poddle, which flows wholly within the traditional County Dublin, is one of around a hundred members of the River Liffey system (excluding the Dodder tributaries), and one of over 135 watercourses in the county; it had just one significant natural tributary, the Commons Water from Crumlin.
The Poddle rises in the southwest of the Dublin Region, in the Cookstown area, northwest of Tallaght, in the functional area of South Dublin County Council, and flows into the River Liffey at Wellington Quay in central Dublin, overseen by Dublin City Council. Flowing in the open almost to the Grand Canal at Harold’s Cross, its lower reaches, including multiple connected artificial channels, are almost entirely culverted. Aside from supplying potable water for the city from the 13th century to the 18th, to homes, and to businesses including breweries and distilleries, the river also provided wash water for skinners, tanners and dyers. Its volume boosted by a drawing off from the much larger River Dodder, it powered multiple mills, including flour, paper and iron production facilities, from at least the 12th century until the 20th. It also provided water for the moat at Dublin Castle, through the grounds of which it still runs underground.
The Poddle has frequently caused flooding, notably around St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and for some centuries there was a commission of senior state and municipal officials to try to manage this, with the power to levy and collect a Poddle Tax. The flooding led both to the lack of a crypt at the cathedral and to the moving of the graves of satirist Dean Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, and his friend Stella. The river and its associated watercourses were famously polluted in certain periods, at one point allegedly sufficiently so as to kill animals drinking the water. The river is mentioned briefly in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, and multiple times in Finnegans Wake, which mentions its role in Dublin’s growth.
The River Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme which has been developed in collaboration with the Office of Public Works (OPW), proposes flood protection, flood storage and flood prevention measures at locations along a 6km stretch of the Poddle River from Tymon North, Tallaght to St. Teresa’s Gardens and Donore Avenue, and at the National Stadium, South Circular Road, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin. It combines main flood storage at Tymon Park and additional flood storage at Ravensdale Park, with linear defences along the River where they are required to provide flood protection, new flap valves and culvert screens, and sealing manholes to prevent surcharging during a flood event.
The intervention area of the proposed Flood Alleviation Scheme extends along the Poddle River from Tymon Park (west of the M50) in Tallaght to Mount Argus Close in Harold’s Cross; with further works to seal manholes in the vicinity of Poddle Park and Ravensdale Park, Kimmage, and in St. Teresa’s Gardens and Donore Avenue, and at the National Stadium in Merchant’s Quay, Dublin.
There are three areas where more substantial works are proposed in green spaces and parks, including: • In Tymon Park (east of the M50) where the main flood storage embankment is to be constructed and an Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW) is also planned; • at Whitehall Park, east of Templeville Road in Templeogue where a channel re-alignment is proposed; and • at Ravensdale Park in Kimmage where flood walls are to be constructed to provide flood protection and storage.