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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Thursday Doors : March 30, 2017

This is another door we came across in the town of Lismore, Co. Waterford.   It is sad to see that this building is all shut up and neglected, as there was a really lovely restaurant there, O’Briens Chop House, which closed a few years ago.   Let’s hope the place soon comes back to life again.

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Thursday Doors : March 23, 2017

This photo is of one of the doors into Lismore Castle in County Waterford, of course it’s not the main door of the castle, that door was open and I didn’t manage to get a good shot as there were many people milling around.  This castle is one of the residences of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire,and has been in their family since 1753.

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

The castle is not usually open to the public, except for a few charity events.   Last Sunday was one such day, and we went to a fund raising Devonshire tea in the Great Hall.  Devonshire tea, also known as cream tea, is usually tea or coffee taken with a scone served with clotted cream and jam.

The castle itself has had a lot of famous visitors over the years, including Fred Astaire, whose sister Adele Astaire was married to one of the Cavendish family, and she lived in the castle from 1944 to shortly before her death in 1981.   John F Kennedy was another visitor to the castle in his younger years before he became President.

There were many other well known (even famous) visitors, as can be seen from the visitors’ book. There is Lucian Freud, Diana Mosley (another Mitford sister), poet John Betjeman, writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, photographer Cecil Beaton and actor Dominic West.    Anybody can rent out the castle, see the link if you are so inclined, though I haven’t enquired about the cost.   We were told though that the place is rented for about 20 weeks every year!

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

old door at Lismore Castle

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Norm’s Thursday Doors : Afternoon Tea/Gin Anyone?

The Westin Hotel, Dublin

Dublin Door

My door this week is from The Westin Hotel in College Green in Dublin, just across the road from Trinity College, and right in the heart of Dublin.   As you can see, it has a very opulent stone facade with ornate columns, and  the hotel has 4.5 stars.   It changed hands a few years ago, and was bought by a US billionaire (not Mr Trump) for 65 million Euro!    I am sure the inside matches very well with the outside,  (I am yet to visit) and I hear the hotel is famous for it’s afternoon teas – you can even have Hendricks Gin in a teapot – now there’s a good reason to visit.   You can read the afternoon tea menu here, and be sure to pop in if you are ever in Dublin.

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Norm’s Thursday Doors : Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle, Co Tipperary

Old door at Cahir Castle

My doors this week look like they have seen better days, and they probably have, as they come from the 12th century Cahir Castle in Cahir, Co Tipperary.    Nevertheless it is a very well preserved castle, with guided tours and if you are ever in the area it is well worth a visit.   Below is another of the internal doors.

Cahir Castle, Co Tipperary

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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

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