Norm’s Thursday Doors

Dublin

College Green, Dublin

I am finally back blogging again, after a hectic month with family visiting from all over, and finishing up with my youngest son’s wedding to the love of his life in Dublin last weekend.

On a stroll around Dublin on Sunday morning (maybe to clear some heads), we came across these very ornamental gates/doors into the Ulster Bank – I don’t think anyone would attempt trying to get through these doors after hours!   This is a beautiful building, as you can see from the impressive carved pillars on each side.

Further along the street, we visited another bank, this one has been turned into a restaurant, while still retaining all the characteristics of it’s former home, and the vaults downstairs still have the original safes, as you can see…I wonder if there are any forgotten gems inside?

Old bank safe

Old bank safe

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Wordless Wednesday : Watching the Sun go down in Dublin

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Sunset

Sunset over St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin

 

Daily Post : Dramatic

Kinsale Regatta

Finish line in sight, home made rafts

The two crews are neck and neck coming up to the finish line in the Raft Race during Kinsale Regatta yesterday…which one will win the dramatic finish (and not get too wet in the process)!

Kinsale Regatta

Looks like the guys from Sam’s Bar are winning from the guys in green

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Wordless Wednesday : Making the Neighbourhood Pretty

Blackrock Railway walk

Manhole covers getting a facelift

Wordless Wednesday : Early Morning Reflections

Drake's Pool, Crosshaven

Drake’s Pool, Crosshaven

Peace and Tranquility by the Lake

Gougane Barra

Peaceful lake Gougane

Gougane Barra Forest Park, in West Cork, is the source of the River Lee, which is 90 km in length, and flows through the valleys of mid Cork to Cork city and onwards to Cork Harbour where it joins the sea.

Gougane Barra is also where St. Finbarr, the founder of Cork, established a monastery in the 6th century.  He had a hermitage on a small island in the lake, the remains of which can still be seen, and the little church that still stands is a very popular place for weddings.

Gougane Barra

Gougane Barra church

There are lots of walks in the park itself, to suit all classes of walkers, and even on a misty day, it’s a peaceful place,as you can see from the gallery below.

100 Years On

A sad day 100 Years ago.

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

I was over in France last month and we headed to the site of the Somme, taking in Thiepval, Beaumont Hamel and other places now entrenched in the history of the first world war.

The first site visited was the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont Hamel, the largest area of the site of the battle that has been preserved. Shell holes remain, trenches clearly visible and most haunting of all, the “Danger Tree”. This petrified tree is all that remains of the many trees that once stood at this site before battle commenced. It became a key objective in the battle.

The Danger Tree at Beaumont Hamel The Danger Tree

The Newfoundland Regiment were one of the regiments that went over the top on that first day of the Battle of the Somme. Of the 780 men of this regiment that went over…

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