Best Night Ever

Best Night Ever

Despite a storm warning, I decided to visit the Botanic Gardens. Keeping my lens dry was a significant challenge, and this greatly impacted nearly all of the images I captured.

I have photographed this sculpture many times as it is one of my favorites.

It’s worth noting that I have encountered another copy of this sculpture in City West. Unfortunately, the last time I tried to photograph the one in City West, I was informed by security, who shadowed me for about fifteen minutes, that I was on private property and that photography was prohibited. I was asked to leave immediately, and my policy is not to argue.

Born in 1948, Bob Quinn enjoyed a long career in the Irish advertising business as a commercial artist, designer, and the head of a successful design and production company. He now works full time as a sculptor in Blackrock, Co Dublin, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Over the weekend, Storm Kathleen swept across Ireland, leaving a trail of disruption in its wake. With its powerful gusts and heavy rainfall, the storm caused widespread power outages and travel chaos throughout the country, but it was at its worst in the South and the West.

Storm Kathleen made landfall with potent winds, reaching speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour along coastal regions. Counties Galway and Mayo bore the brunt of its impact, facing a Status Orange wind warning. The rest of Ireland was under a Yellow wind warning, still experiencing significant disruptions. Fallen trees and power lines were widespread, leaving approximately 34,000 homes and businesses without electricity. ESB Networks scrambled to restore power, but many areas remained in the dark for extended periods.

The storm’s potent winds caused significant disruptions to transportation networks. Rail services in and out of Dublin’s Heuston Station were suspended due to a fallen tree obstructing the line. Flights, particularly those to and from Belfast City Airport, faced cancellations. Ferry crossings were also affected, with choppy seas causing delays and cancellations.

Authorities issued warnings urging people to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel. The ESB emphasized the danger of downed power lines, advising the public to never approach them and instead report incidents immediately. The Irish Coast Guard also warned of dangerous coastal conditions.
Tully Park Entrance

Tully Park Entrance

Tully Park, located in Cherrywood, Dublin, is a significant public space spanning 9 hectares. It’s the flagship park of the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) and is entered around the national monument and protected structure Tully Church.

The park is divided into four zones: a Heritage Zone with Tully Church & Graveyard, High Crosses and their environs; a Biodiversity Zone with lots of native wildflowers, shrubs, trees and informal paths; a Play Zone; and a Passive Zone.

The park provides a range of visitor attractions including fitness, play and ecological trails, active and passive recreational areas, a playground with a café, and a distinctive heritage area incorporating three national monuments.

Facilities and amenities in the park include a tea room, externally accessible public toilets, staff space, storage, and ancillary accommodation.

As for the metal sculpture at the entrance of Tully Park, I couldn’t find specific information about it. It’s possible that it’s a part of the public art installations mentioned in the park’s development plan.

Bishop Street is a major road in the Cherrywood development, a large-scale urban project in South Dublin, Ireland.

It's a key part of Town Centre 1 (TC1), one of the planned town centres within the Cherrywood development.

Bishop Street connects with Wyattville Link Road, another significant thoroughfare in the area.

Cherrywood's developers chose street names that reflect the existing place names or the history of the area.

"Bishop Street" likely references the historical legend of the "seven bishops" associated with Tully/ Tulagh-na-nEaspag ('Hillock of the Bishops'). This connects with the area's rich past.
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