The name Thorncastle dates back to the 1200s, when the Fitzwilliams granted land to their ally, Walter de Ridelford the Lord of Bray. On this land, he built a fortress surrounded by a whitethorn hedge (hence, ‘thorn’ ‘castle’) within his South Dublin township.
PHOTOGRAPHED USING A SAMYANG 12MM LENS
A MEMORIAL AT A THE BANDSTAND IN PHOENIX PARK
Sinéad O'Connor was a truly unique and iconic artist, and her death is a great loss to the world. In her memory there have been a number of memorials.
IN THE HOLLOW NEAR THE ZOO
THE CLONTARF TO CITY CENTRE CYCLE AND BUS PRIORITY PROJECT
The Clontarf to City Centre Project (C2CC Project) is a transportation project being delivered by Dublin City Council. It is funded by the National Transport Authority. It will provide 8km of walking, 6km of cycling facilities, and 5.4km [both directions combined] bus priority infrastructure. This scheme extends from Clontarf Road at the junction with Alfie Byrne Road, to Amiens Street at the junction with Talbot Street.
PHOTOGRAPHED USING AN IPHONE 12 PRO MAX
The XJ-S was introduced on 10 September 1975. The design and development had begun in the late 1960s by the code name of project XJ27, with an initial shape penned by Malcolm Sayer, but after his death in 1970 it was completed by the in-house Jaguar design team, headed by Doug Thorpe. Power came from the Jaguar V12 engine with a choice of a manual or an automatic transmission, but the manual was soon dropped as they were left over from V12 E Type production.
I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED THIS CAR
NEAR THE ZOO
The Bandstand at Phoenix Park is a freestanding octagonal-plan cast-iron bandstand, built c. 1890. It is located in the Hollow, a natural amphitheatre in the park, near the People's Garden. The bandstand was manufactured by Musgrave & Co. of Belfast, as marked with an ornamental escutcheon on one of the pillars flanking the steps. It is surrounded by tarmcadam hard standings, with grass and mature trees beyond.
LOCATED IN PHOENIX PARK
PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART
This example of paint-a-box street art by Ingrid Nolan is inspired by Bull Island and some of its inhabitants. The North Bull Island just 10kms northeast from Dublin City Centre. From Clontarf you can walk over on foot via either the wooden bridge or Causeway Road. In case you are concerned the causeway crossing isn’t tidal, so you won’t get stuck on the island.
BY INGRID NOLAN 2020
A HOLY WELL AT ST ANNE'S PARK
The notices within the grounds and the tour guide, aimed at children, refer to the well as a wishing well but I am not convinced that it was ever a wishing well and as I have never seen any coins within the structure I suspect the most visitors are not convinced either.
SOME SAY THAT IT IS A WISHING WELL
ALSO KNOWN AS THE BOATHOUSE
The “Boathouse” (Pompeiian Temple) is located adjacent the duck pond and was formerly used as a tea house. During a recent restoration project The central pediment was taken down and rebuilt which also facilitated structural strengthening of a steel beam and the subsequent removal of the central steel pier (not an original detail).
IN CASE YOU ASK I RAINED
CAUSEWAY ROAD TO DOYLE'S LANE
In 1931 Dublin Corporation was convinced by campaigners like the Jesuit ornithologist Fr. Patrick G. Kennedy SJ (1881–1966), who wrote An Irish Sanctuary – Birds of the North Bull (1953), to apply for Bull Island to be made a sanctuary by the government.
DID I SAY THAT IT RAINED
WHAT A STRANGE NAME FOR A CHURCH
Snowball Church is a non-denominational Christian church in Dublin, Ireland. It was founded in 2012 by a group of young people who wanted to create a church that was relevant to their generation. The church meets in a converted warehouse in the city center and has a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
LOCATED ON GREAT STRAND STREET
THE OLDEST FOLLY IN ST ANNE'S PARK
A few weeks ago I published some photographs of this "folly" that were taken in 2016 before restoration work had been undertaken. Today [ 6 August 2023] I visited St Anne's Park in order to visit the follies in order to see if the restoration work had been effective and sympathetic.
PHOTOGRAPHED 6 AUGUST 2023
PHOTOGRAPHED BY WILLIAM MURPHY
The Northside of Dublin City is the part of the city that lies north of the River Liffey. It is an informal but commonly used term. While it is sometimes regarded as less wealthy than the city's Southside, the Northside was originally the home of the city's upper classes and the more privileged of the two. Today, some of the wealthiest areas in Ireland lie north of the river, such as Malahide, Howth, Clontarf, and Castleknock.
THERE IS MUCH TO SEE AND DO
PHOTOGRAPHED BY WILLIAM MURPHY
There are parks to suit all interests, from urban parks to national parks. So, whether you are looking for a place to relax, play, or explore, you are sure to find a park in Ireland that is perfect for you.
THERE IS AN AMAZING SELECTION OF PUBLIC SPACES IN IRELAND
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