Norm’s Thursday Doors : 20 Oct 2016

Maynooth,

Church door in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth

This beautiful door is one of the side doors of the main Church at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth in Co Kildare, not too far from Dublin.   This church is part of Maynooth University, which has been the Catholic seminary for the ordination of priests from the 18th century.    Nowadays, with the fall of in vocations to the priesthood worldwide, the seminary has expanded and is now also a university.

Church at sunset

Church at sunset

Besides the church, there are many beautiful buildings around the campus, and it is a beauitiful place for an evening stroll, when lectures are over and most of the students have headed home.

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Check out some more doors at Norm’s page here

Wordless Wednesday : Grand Designs in Holy Places

Budapest Baroque Church

Baroque Church in Budapest

We Stand and Watch the World Sail By.

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My friend and I went for a Sunday stroll not too far from home, and on the way we passed an old ruin of a church, it’s called Templebreedy Church, or the Church of Bridget.   This church was built about 1779, and was used for about 150 years, and there had been a church on this site previously, for maybe another 100 years!

This was the view looking out one of the windows, sadly now without glass or window frame, and slowly returning to the earth.    In the foreground of the view is an old Celtic cross gravestone, probably at least 100 years old, and across the mouth of the harbour you can see Roches Point Lighthouse.   This lighthouse stands at the entrance to Cork Harbour, and a lighthouse was first established in this spot almost 200 years ago.

Just imagine, the people looking out this window would have seen many ships sailing to and from the Port of Cork and from Queenstown, later called Cobh.   Cobh was the last stop on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912, before she set sail for New York, and was also the place where the survivors of the Lusitania were brought to in May 1915, when the ship was sunk by a German torpedo not far from here during the First World War.

Let’s hope there were happier times too for the watchers at the window, like the little boats below that were out for a sailing lesson in the shelter of the harbour this morning!

Learning to sail in the calm waters

Learning to sail in the calm waters

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge : Symbol

Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean, south of Sicily, and like its neighbour Italy, it is mainly Catholic, and the locals tell us that there are 365 churches on the island.    Everywhere you look there is a church or a dome of yet another church, and you can hear church bells morning and evening.

St Pauls Anglican Church

Church of St Pauls Shipwreck

The church above is dedicated to St Paul, who was shipwrecked in Malta, and is a symbol of the great devotion the people here have for St. Paul, with many churches and places dedicated to him.    This photo was taken at dusk, when there were fireworks over the church, you can see the smoke in the air.   Anyone who has visited Malta will be familiar with the fireworks and festas, which take place in some village or other every weekend, to celebrate their patron saint’s feast day.

When we were flying into Malta a few days’ previously, in the darkness there was a spectacular display of fireworks below us as we came in to land – I think they were put on to welcome us to Malta!!

Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Church of Our Lady of Liesse

My second church is another symbol of Malta, and Valletta, the Church of our Lady of Liesse, in the Grand Harbour.   It has a special meaning for us as my daughter got married there last week, so to us it will always be a symbol of love and happiness, and our whole family (usually scattered all over the world) were together in one place to celebrate.  One day we hope to go back there and remember that magic week.2015-07-01 18.46.50

Out of the Mist

Bluebells and Wild Garlic

Yesterday was a misty day in Ireland, and I was on a morning hike in Crosshaven, in County Cork. As this village is on the coast, the mist was slow to rise, and you will see from the photos that this made the scenes very eerie at times.    We walked from the village through a wood where the predominant smell was that of the wild garlic which is blooming everywhere at this time. There were also a lot of bluebells in bloom, which were very pretty under the trees.  A word of warning though, watch your step in the mud, or you may end up like this!

 

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Missed my step….covered in mud!

Templebreedy Church

No roof left on the old church

Church Bay, Crosshaven

Looking across at Roches Point

Old bathing huts/changing rooms on the beach

 

Weekly Photo Challenge : Window

For this week’s challenge, I decided to go mainly with  church windows, old and new – some so old that the ivy has taken over.    Hope you like them.

For more visit http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/photo-challenge-window/

Weekly Photo Challenge : The World through Your Eyes

This week, I have been experimenting with the various settings on my camera, to get a different look to some of the  photos I take. In line with the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, where we are asked to share a picture that shows the world through our eyes, here are some pictures, seeing things in a different light:

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Clonea strand, Co Waterford

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Clouding over.

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Same beach, different perspective

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And finally, a beautiful little church, in the evening light.

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East Ferry, Co Cork

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/world-through-your-eyes/

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