Thursday Doors : A Safe Door!

The Bank, College Green, Dublin

Door of the Night Safe

It’s a door of sorts, one that can only be used if you have the right key.     This photo was taken in The Bank Bar and Restaurant, in College Green, Dublin.    This restaurant was formerly (you guessed it) a bank, in fact there was a bank here since 1892, first the Belfast Bank, and later the Royal Bank of Ireland.   It has been a restaurant since 2003, but has retained many of the original features inside, including the safes and safety deposit boxes downstairs in the vaults.

The Bank website gives the following information on the origins of the building :

The exterior is Franco-Scottish in inspiration and is unique in that it is one of Dublin’s rare examples of Scottish sandstone. The interior, which was once the main banking hall, is a stunning example of merchant power and patronage displaying an extraordinary ornate setting, stained glass ceiling, mosaic tiled floors and spectacular hand carved plasterwork and cornicing.

Inside features of the Bank

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Norm’s Thursday Doors : 16 Feb 2017

For this post, my title should be ‘where a door used to be’ as I am featuring some photos from Muckross Abbey in Killarney National Park.

Muckross Abbey, Killarney

The archways in the Abbey at Muckross

This abbey was a Franciscan Friary and was first established in 1448,   The present  ruins include a church with a wide, square tower and fine windows, and a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches around a square courtyard.

In the middle of the courtyard grows an ancient yew tree, said traditionally to be as old as the Abbey.

Muckross Abbey was the burial place of local chieftains, and in the 17th and 18th centuries the three Irish poets, Geoffrey O’Donoghue, Aodhagan O’Rathaille and Eoghan Rua O’Suilleabhain were also buried here. The graveyard in the grounds surrounding the Abbey is still in use with a number of burials there each year, and in the abbey itself there are vaults of some of the priests and monks buried there.

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

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Norm’s Thursday Doors : January 12 2017

Mainz Cathedral

Mainz Cathedral

These are the very impressive doors of the Romanesque Cathedral in Mainz, Germany.    This building is over 1000 years old, and was built around the year 990, in the 10th century.   It’s hard to cast my mind back that far, and hard to believe that this building is still standing and being used as a Cathedral, as originally intended.    The doors are very tall, made of bronze, and date back to the 11th century.

Mainz Cathedral

Here are some views of the outside of the Cathedral, there was some repair work and scaffolding going on when we visited, but it is a very large and interesting building, as you can see.

Mainz Cathedral, Germany

Mainz Cathedral

Mainz Cathedral, Germany

Thursday Doors: 22 December 2016

Kinsale, Co Cork

Child size door

We came across this door one evening while walking home from a friend’s house in Kinsale, Co Cork.   It seems it is still a functioning door, but I wonder why it is so small?   Maybe it was built for shorter people…or even the Little People?

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Thursday Doors : Nov 17, 2016

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This old door is part of an old abandoned house we came across in Millstreet, County Cork, last weekend.   The place is on the main street, but it looks like no one has lived there or taken care of it, for a long time.     I do like the glass on the door though, which you can see in more details in the photo below.

Have a look on Norm’s page for more doors

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Thursday Doors : 03 November 2016

Girl in the Doorway

Girl in the Doorway

This is my entry this week for Norm’s Thursday Doors, it’s a photo I took of a painting I came across in a hotel on the Greek Island of Lefkas.   I think the black and white gives the scene a lot of atmosphere.

Greek church door

This is a very typical Church door in Greece, the church was a small, simple, white-washed building, in a tiny village, just big enough for the Sunday morning worshippers.

See more doors over at Norm’s page.

Thursday Doors : October 27, 2016

Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie estate

We recently attended a wedding at the very lovely Castle Leslie estate in County Monaghan.   This is a private 1000 acre country estate in Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, near the border with Northern Ireland.    The estate is owned by the Leslie family, or Clan Leslie, originally Scottish, and this is what Wikipedia says about the estate:

Castle Leslie hit the headlines in 2002 when Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in the family church located on the estate, followed by a wedding banquet for 300 guests prepared by then executive chef, Noel McMeel. This secret was inadvertently divulged to the media by Sir Jack Leslie, who notoriously remarked on live television “it’s on Tuesday, but it’s a secret”. More recently, in 2008, the castle was the venue of the launch of RAPID IRELAND (Rescue and Preparedness in Disasters, Ireland), a sister rescue charity to RAPID UK. The event was hosted by Sir Jack Leslie and Baron Oranmore and Browne, and attended by a number of ambassadors and dignitaries, including HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

Throughout the years many a famous face has frequented the house including Irish poet WB Yeats, Irish statesman General Michael Collins, Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger, British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and the Duc de Valentinois, not to mention various members of the Churchill family (to whom the Leslies are related).

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From reading the above, it seems that many famous hands may have touched the door knocker!

Castle Leslie

Winston Churchill’s christening gown

And this is the christening gown of Winston Churchill, on display in one of the rooms of the castle, as mentioned above, the Churchills and the Leslies were related.    It looks like Sir Winston was a particularly large baby!

 

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