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DECEMBER 2022 PHOTO DIARYVIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILLIAM MURPHY

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TRIM PORCHFIELDS AND RIVER WALK CHRISTMAS WEEK 2022

You really should take the Trim Porch Fields and River Walk along the banks of the historic River Boyne and enjoy the views of the rich medieval heritage that is so abundant in and around Trim in County Meath. From the imposing structure of Trim Castle to the serene setting of St Peter and Paul’s Cathedral at Newtown, you can try to get a sense of what the immediate area may have looked like in the medieval period.
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GRAND CANAL SQUAREDECEMBER 2022

Designed by American Landscape Architect, Martha Schwartz and developed by the former Dublin Docklands Development Authority, the 10,000 sq metre square is one of the largest paved public spaces in Dublin city. The €8 million project is among the most innovative landscape design projects ever undertaken in Ireland and Grand Canal Square has become a key cultural destination for Docklands and the city.
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STREET ART IN TRIMTHE YELLOW STEEPLE BEING DESTROYED BY CROMWELL

The Yellow Steeple, which does appear to be yellow in some of my photographs, is alleged to have been destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. The story of the tower's destruction is based on local tradition. According to one account, the Yellow Steeple was actually used as a garrison against Cromwell's troops until the tower was destroyed
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THE YELLOW STEEPLEAT ST MARY'S ABBEY IN TRIM COUNTY MEATH

St. Mary's Abbey in Trim, County Meath, Ireland is a former house of Augustinian canons dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. The abbey was situated on the north bank of the River Boyne, opposite Trim Castle, on land given to St. Patrick who is often credited with founding the abbey.
THE YELLOW STEEPLE AND TALBOT

MAUDLIN CEMETERY IN TRIMFEATURING OUR LADY OF TRIM

The Maudlin Cemetery which was the site of the Leper Hospital of Mary Magdalene, and later a cemetery which was used as a burial ground for the poor who died in the workhouse.
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THIS MUST BE A COWPARADE COW SCULPTURELACKANASH ESTATE ON LINK ROAD TRIM

CowParade is an international public art exhibit that has featured in major world cities. Fiberglass sculptures of cows are decorated by local artists, and distributed over the city centre, in public places such as train stations, important avenues, and parks. They often feature artwork and designs specific to local culture, as well as city life and other relevant themes.
LACKANASH ESTATE ON LINK ROAD TRIM

BECTIVE ABBEY BRIDGEAN OLD STONE BRIDGE ACROSS THE RIVER BOYNE

Bective sometimes known as Bective Bridge or Ballina is a small hamlet and townland in County Meath, Ireland. Bective is situated on the left bank of the River Boyne and on the Clady River which joins the former in the east of the townland, approximately 6 kilometres east of Trim, on the Athboy to Dunshaughlin road.
BECTIVE ABBEY BRIDGE

TRIM CASTLE AT CHRISTMASPHOTOGRAPHED USING AN IPHONE 12 PRO MAX

Few places in Ireland contain more medieval buildings than the heritage town of Trim. Trim Castle is foremost among those buildings.

In fact, the castle is the largest Anglo-Norman fortification in Ireland. Hugh de Lacy and his successors took 30 years to build it.
TRIM CASTLE CHRISTMAS DAY 2022

MY SHADOW VISITED ST JOHN'S PRIORY NEAR THE TOWN OF TRIM IN COUNTY MEATH

MY SHADOW VISITED ST JOHN

SPOT THE GRAFFITI A WOMAN'S FACE AND A STICK FIGURE

St. John's Priory is located about 1.6 km (1 mile) east of Trim town centre, on the south bank of the Boyne. Newtown Abbey lies immediately to the northwest, across the river.
SPOT THE GRAFFITI

PRIORY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTISTNEWTOWN TRIM

Adjacent to the old Newtown Bridge that spans the River Boyne stands the ruins of the Priory and Hospital of St John the Baptist. The priory was founded for the 'Crutched Friars' (name is from the wooden staffs they carried which were topped by a cross) by Simon de Rochfort c 1202, about the same time as he founded the Cathedral and medieval parish church. The Friars were Augustinians who ran hospitals and guest houses.
PRIORY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

MAEL SEACHNAILL MAC DOMNAILLSCULPTURE BY JAMES McKENNA

Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill, also called Máel Sechnaill Mór or Máel Sechnaill II (949 – 2 September 1022), was a King of Mide and High King of Ireland. His great victory at the Battle of Tara against Olaf Cuaran in 980 resulted in Gaelic Irish control of the Kingdom of Dublin.
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FR. ANDY FARRELL WAY15 STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN TRIM COUNTY MEATH

My understanding is that when Trim Castle Hotel was constructed it was necessary to replace a wall partly owned by the church so as compensation the builders undertook to provide the ’stations of the cross’ shown in my photographs.
FR. ANDY FARRELL WAY

THE INTERIOR OF ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCHTRIM COUNTY MEATH AT CHRISTMAS

I had to limit my photography within the church as people began to arrive and I left with the intention of returning later in the day.
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BECTIVE ABBEYHISTORIC SITE NEAR THE TOWN OF TRIM

Bective Abbey is a Cistercian abbey on the River Boyne in Bective, County Meath, Ireland.

The abbey was founded in 1147, and the remaining (well-preserved) structure and ruins primarily date to the 15th century. The site, including a nearby car park, were purchased by the state in 2012, and are managed by the Office of Public Works. The abbey, including its early 13th century church, 15th century cloister, and 16th century tower, is a protected structure and recorded on the register of National monuments of Ireland.
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WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMASHAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE - YOU KNOW WHAT TO GET ME

If you want to buy me an expensive gift I will not protest or object.

Gift-giving in general is an ancient tradition that came to be associated with the Christian feast of Christmas.

A Christmas gift or Christmas present is a gift given in celebration of Christmas. Christmas gifts are often exchanged on Christmas Eve (December 24), Christmas Day itself (December 25) or on the last day of the twelve-day Christmas season, Twelfth Night (January 5). The practice of giving gifts during Christmastide, according to Christian tradition, is symbolic of the presentation of the gifts by the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus.
THIS IS WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

WHAT'S THE HURRY HERE IS YOUR COATA MESSAGE FOR THOSE WHO OVERSTAY THEIR CHRISTMAS WELCOME

"Feck" (occasionally spelled "fek" or "feic") is a word that has several vernacular meanings and variations in Irish English, Scots, and Middle English.

The most popular and widespread modern use of the term is as a slang expletive in Irish English, employed as a less serious alternative to the expletive "fuck" to express disbelief, surprise, pain, anger, or contempt. It notably lacks the sexual connotations that "fuck" has,.

It is also used as Irish slang meaning "throw" (e.g. "he fecked the remote control across the table at me".)

It has also been used as a verb meaning "to steal" (e.g. "they had fecked cash out of the rector's room") or to discover a safe method of robbery or cheating.

The Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted (1995–1998) helped to popularise the use of "feck" outside of Ireland (particularly in the UK, where Channel 4 is based) through liberal use of the word by alcoholic priest Father Jack.

In a 1998 interview on Nickelodeon, an appearance by the teenage Irish girl group B*Witched prompted a viewer complaint alleging that one of its members had said "fuck off" on air. Nickelodeon maintained that the singer had in fact said "feck off", which they described as "a phrase made popular by the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted", but the phrase was still found to be in breach of the ITC Programme Code and the complaint was thus upheld.

In 2004, clothing retailer French Connection UK (best known for its infamous "FCUK" T-shirt) won a legal injunction in Dublin that barred a local business from printing and selling a T-shirt marked "FCEK: The Irish Connection".

In 2008, the Irish cider brand Magners received complaints relating to an advert it had posted around the UK in which a man tells bees to "feck off", with members of the public concerned that young children could be badly influenced by it. Magners claimed that the "feck off" mention in the advert was a "mild rebuff" to the bees rather than an expletive. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that the poster was suitable for display.
A MESSAGE FOR THOSE WHO OVERSTAY THEIR CHRISTMAS WELCOME

DON'T FORGET THE VEGETABLESCHRISTMAS 2022

Brussel Sprouts Trim the sprouts and place in a saucepan of boiling water with a little salt. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5-8 minutes depending on the size of the sprouts. While they are cooking, brown some diced bacon in a little olive oil.
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RED TRIUMPH TR6 ZV 8581PHOTOGRAPHED 2008 BUT PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2022

The Triumph TR6 is a sports car that was built by the Triumph Motor Company of England. While production began several months earlier, the TR6 was officially introduced in January as a 1969 model year vehicle. The last TR6 was produced on the 20th of July 1976. Of the 91,850 TR6s produced, 83,480 were exported, almost all of them to the United States, while only 8,370 were sold in the UK.
A VINTAGE CAR ORIGINALLY IMPORTED FROM THE UK

REMOTE CONTROL CAR RACING TRACKPHOTOGRAPHED 2008 BUT PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2022

I honestly do not remember ever seeing this sculpture but as you can see I photographed it twelve years ago. I used a DP1 when I visited the Eden Park area and it is possible that I was unable to process the RAW images from the session.
REMOTE CONTROL CAR RACING TRACK

CELEBRATION BY DICK JOYNTPHOTOGRAPHED 2008 BUT PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2022

I honestly do not remember ever seeing this sculpture but as you can see I photographed it twelve years ago. I used a DP1 when I visited the Eden Park area and it is possible that I was unable to process the RAW images from the session.
CELEBRATION BY DICK JOYNT

HEY MISTER I AM WALKING ON WATERPHOTOGRAPHED 2008 BUT PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2022

Blackrock Park is a pleasant green area overlooking Dublin Bay, in Blackrock County Dublin, and boasts a well equipped children's playground, cycle path and trees. There is also a picturesque pond containing a small island, and swans can regularly been seen there. The Peace Fountain in the pond was constructed in 1986 to mark International Year for Peace.
LOOK AT ME WALKING ON WATER

BLACKROCK BATHS 23 FEBRUARY 2008PHOTOGRAPHED 2008 BUT PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2022

The baths at Blackrock were closed in 1997.

Since the baths in Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire opened in the early 20th century, not one person has drowned in either pool but despite that both were closed back in the 1980s.

On a typical summer’s day at least three thousand people would pay into Blackrock Baths alone. Blackrock Baths also had the only Olympic diving platform in Dublin. It was also the main base for Leinster’s three thousand water polo players in the summer months.
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WHAT AM I DOING HERESTREET ART PHOTOGRAPHED 2008 BUT PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2022

I booted up a very old Mac Pro that I stopped using in in 2014, because it used a lot of electricity, and discovered a large number of photographs that I had forgotten about. To the best of my knowledge I purchased the Mac Pro in December 2006 but switched to a 27 inch iMac 5K in 2014.

I have no idea where I photographed this example of street art but I do know that I used an original Sigma DP1 camera. The Sigma DP1 was [described as] a high-end compact digital camera introduced by the Sigma Corporation. It featured a 14-megapixel Foveon X3 sensor (2652 × 1768 × 3 layers), a fixed 16.6 mm F4.0 lens (28mm equivalent), a 2.5-inch (64 mm) LCD and a pop-up flash. It was the first "compact" camera that featured an APS-C sized sensor, a feature that Sigma claimed would result in DSLR quality images from a small, pocketable camera.

The DP1 has been praised for innovation (large sensor in compact body) and class-leading detail at ISO 100 – best image quality in a compact camera, in the same class as DSLRs, and suited for daylight landscape and architecture photography – but criticised for poor low-light performance and slow speed, summarised as "a great concept that needs a considerable amount of additional work". The user interface has also been criticised.

My experience was the battery allowed no more than 40 images and it was close to impossible at any setting other than ISO100 and many of the images had a green tint.
WHAT AM I DOING HERE

ONCE KNOWN AS HEN AND CHICKEN LANEMOUNT DRUMMOND AVENUE

I would describe the immediate area as a complex of streets and lanes near what was known as Portobello Barracks which is interesting as Mount Drummond Avenue was formerly known as Hen and Chicken Lane, indicating the rural nature of the area until the late nineteenth century.
ONCE KNOWN AS HEN AND CHICKEN LANE

QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARYMARIAN STATUE AT THE FORK ON MOUNT DRUMMOND AVENUE

I have an ongoing mini-project to photograph all the Marian Statues in Dublin but I have failed to locate more than about ten or twelve. This one I found by accident in September 2017.
QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY

SIAM THAIRECENTLY OPENED IN RATHMINES

Located on Castlewood Avenue within the Swan Shopping Centre. Because of the Christmas traffic I had difficulty photographing the exterior of the restaurant but it is attractive.
SIAM THAI HAS RECENTLY OPENED IN RATHMINES

RATHMINES CLOCK TOWERALSO KNOWN AS THE FOUR FACE LIAR

Work on the Town Hall began in 1895 on the site of the previous town hall. The commissioners invited one of the best-known and respected architects of Ireland, Sir Thomas Drew, to design this building.
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ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE OF IRELAND ROEBUCK ROAD CLONSKEAGH

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland is an Islamic complex, including a mosque, in Clonskeagh, Dublin, Ireland. It is funded by the al-Maktoum Foundation of Dubai and has a Sunni orientation.
ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE OF IRELAND


ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE OF IRELAND ROEBUCK ROAD CLONSKEAGH

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland is an Islamic complex, including a mosque, in Clonskeagh, Dublin, Ireland. It is funded by the al-Maktoum Foundation of Dubai and has a Sunni orientation.
ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE OF IRELAND

ASTON QUAY AND THE HALFPENNY BRIDGEAND LOTS OF SEAGULLS

If you examine many of my recent photographs you will notice lots of gulls.

I purchased an Epson ET-4800 printer a few weeks ago. I thought that I had purchased from Epson in Ireland but it was shipped from the UK to Germany and then to Ireland and then it took the delivery company six days to find my apartment despite having the correct Eircode. Since Brexit shipping from the UK has become more than a bit difficult.

Setting up the printer was simple enough but when I printed some test photographs I discovered that birds at a distance look like specks of dust on the prints and this is really annoying.
ASTON QUAY AND THE HALFPENNY BRIDGE

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AT THE END OF A RAINBOWHAPPY CHRISTMAS OR MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL

The pedestrian bridge, with the rainbow lights, is the The Millennium Bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland, joining Eustace Street in Temple Bar to the north quays.

I eat at the Eatokyo Restaurant and one of the staff asked why we say Happy Christmas rather than Merry Christmas and why we do not refer to the day after Christmas as Boxing Day.

Christmas in Ireland is the annual festival which marks the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus and its related observances, but also incorporates some pre-Christian customs. These customs range from the traditional food and drink consumed, decorations and rituals, as well as more modern phenomena such as the Christmas day swim and annual television and radio events. The modern Irish Christmas has become more similar to that of the British and American festive period, with emphasis on gift buying and parties.

Historically, for Irish Catholics, the festive period began on 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, with many putting up their decorations and Christmas trees on that day, and runs through until 6 January, or Little Christmas. In modern times, The Late Late Toy Show, on the last Friday of November is viewed as the beginning of the Christmas festive period.

The greeting for "Happy Christmas" in Irish is Nollaig Shona Duit [singular] or Nollaig Shona Daoibh. The literal translation of this is "Happy Christmas to you".

In parts of Europe, such as several regions of Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, and Ireland, 26 December is Saint Stephen's Day, which is considered the second day of Christmas.

It is claimed that it was originally “Merry Christmas,” as in the old carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”. However, in the 17th century, Christmas was neither merry nor happy as it was illegal. Puritans in England banned the holiday as licentious, a non-biblical holdover from pagan times. Some historians attribute commentators have attributed the British preference for “happy Christmas” to the use of the expression by the royal family in annual Christmas broadcasts. King George V began the practice in his 1932 Christmas radio message, written by Rudyard Kiplin. I assume that Happy Christmas is used in Ireland as it is a translation of Nollaig Shona Duit,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS OR MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL

BOTH SECTIONS OF ROEBUCK ROADNOT A VERY GOOD BUS SERVICE

One section of Roebuck road is served by the 17 bus which is supposed to run every twenty minutes but based on my experience over the last twelve months, I am in the area twice every week, the scheduled bus is frequently cancelled or does not arrive at the bus stop or is between ten and fifteen minutes late. Another section of the road is serviced by the 11 bus as well as the 17 but the 11 runs every thirty minutes and is frequently full.
ROEBUCK ROAD 17 DECEMBER 2022

WINDY ARBOUR VILLAGE AND NEARBY17 DECEMBER 2022

I must admit that I almost got lost as I ended up in a maze of back lanes and when I asked someone how to get to the Luas Tram Stop he suggested that walking was the best way.
WINDY ARBOUR VILLAGE AND NEARBY

WINDY ARBOUR TRAM STOP17 DECEMBER 2022

Windy Arbour has a number of shops, a supermarket, post office, pharmacy and a bakery. It is also home to several takeaways and restaurants. There is a primary school in Columbanus Estate known as Our Lady's National School, Clonskeagh. The area is served by Windy Arbour Luas stop and by the number 17, 44 and 61 bus routes.
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UNUSUAL STATUE OF SAINT KILIANTHE GERMAN SCHOOL ON ROEBUCK ROAD IN DUBLIN

Kilian, also spelled Killian, was an Irish missionary bishop and the Apostle of Franconia (Franconia is nowadays the northern part of Bavaria), where he began his labours in the latter half of the 7th century. His feast day is 8 July.
THE GERMAN SCHOOL ON ROEBUCK ROAD IN DUBLIN

RECLINING FIGURE BY FREDERICK EDWARD MCWILLIAMPHOTOGRAPHED JUNE 2014 PUBLISHED 16 DECEMBER 2022

When I photographed this in June 2014 I was unable to locate any information relating to this sculpture but a few years I came across the following information:

This Reclining Figure by Frederick Edward McWilliam (1909-92) was relocated from the quadrangle at the David Keir building to the main Quadrangle at the Lanyon Building Queen's University in 2013 and it took me five years to find any information relating to this interesting bronze sculpture.
RECLINING FIGURE BY FREDERICK EDWARD MCWILLIAM

I REALLY LIKE ECO BY MARK DIDOUTHE McCLAY LIBRARY QUEENS UNIVERSITY 24 JUNE 2014

This unusual sculpture, by French artist Marc Didou, was acquired by the university in 2008 to both mark the centenary of Queen's as well as the opening of the library.

Marc Didou is a Breton sculptor, winner of the Michetti Prize in 2005, with many solo and group exhibitions in Europe and elsewhere. Since the 1990s he has used MRI scanning as a new medium for sculpture.
I REALLY LIKE ECO BY MARK DIDOU

THIS SCULPTURE IS NAMED TITANICAPHOTOGRAPHED JUNE 2014 PUBLISHED 16 DECEMBER 2022

Rowan Fergus Meredith Gillespie is an Irish bronze casting sculptor of international renown. Born in Dublin to Irish parents, Gillespie spent his formative years in Cyprus. From conception to creation, he works alone in his purpose-built bronze casting foundry at Clonlea, in Blackrock
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A WALK ALONG A SECTION OF CABRA ROAD8 DECEMBER 2022 - I USED A SONY FX30 CAMERA

Cabra is located southwest of the Royal Canal, except for one small piece of land between the canal and railway line, and northeast of the Phoenix Park, and runs southeast to northwest, from Phibsboro at St. Peter's Church and around the sixth Royal Canal lock, and Grangegorman at Hanlon's Corner, to Ashtown and Pelletstown; across the canal are the districts of first Glasnevin and then Finglas. The area is often divided into Cabra East and Cabra West, with a notional line of division being the railway line coming from the Phoenix Park Tunnel and going to Connolly Station.
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ABUNDANCE BY PAWEL JASINSKIIMALL ROAD - CABRA ROAD - ANNAMOE ROAD IN CABRA

Annamoe appears to be a complex of roads rather than one road which is a bit confusing if one is trying to find a specific address.

Annamoe means 'ford of the cows'. I assume that this road is named after the village located on the Avonmore river in County Wicklow, Ireland about 32 km (20 mi) south of Dublin. It is on the R755 road (at the junction with the R763) between Roundwood and Laragh on the road to Glendalough.
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ANNAMOE ROAD AND ANNAMOE TERRACEPHOTOGRAPHED 8 DECEMBER 2022

Annamoe appears to be a complex of roads rather than one road which is a bit confusing if one is trying to find a specific address.

Annamoe means 'ford of the cows'. I assume that this road is named after the village located on the Avonmore river in County Wicklow, Ireland about 32 km (20 mi) south of Dublin. It is on the R755 road (at the junction with the R763) between Roundwood and Laragh on the road to Glendalough.
ANNAMOE ROAD AND ANNAMOE TERRACE IN CABRA

PRUSSIA STREET IN STONEYBATTERHAVE THE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS STALLED?

It would appear that there were plans for at least three student accommodation complexes along both sides of Prussia Street but I have noticed little progress over the last twelve months. It should be mentioned that a number of North inner city councillors have stated that they are opposed to plans for 162 build-to-rent apartments on Prussia Street, Stoneybatter, which involves a 13 storey tower.
HAVE THE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS STALLED

HANLON'S CORNERTHE WELL KNOWN AND POPULAR DUBLIN PUB

Hanlon's Corner at the junction of the North Circular Road (R101) with Prussia Street and the Old Cabra Road (both R805).
HANLON

THOMAS STREET AND JAMES'S STREET9 DECEMBER 2022 WAS A REALLY COLD DAY

Thomas Street is one of only four streets in Dublin where street trading is permitted (the other three being Wexford Street, Henry Street, and Moore Street).

Thomas Street runs from Cornmarket to the Saint James's Gate Brewery, where Guinness is brewed; there Thomas Street connects with James's Street.
WEST BOW LANE - JAMES

STEEVEN'S LANE9 DECEMBER 2022 WAS A REALLY COLD DAY

Steeven's Lane is not very interesting except for the fact that it is used by the Luas Red Line service.
STEEVEN

THE MARKETS AREA OF DUBLINTUESDAY 13 DECEMBER 2022

I needed to check how well Lightroom, 13 December 2022 update, imported and processed RAW files from the new Sony FX30 camera so I attached a very old E 16mm F2.8 pancake lens and took a few photographs while walking from Henrietta Street via North King Street and Green Street to the Eatokyo Restaurant on Capel Street. There is nothing special about the images but I can confirm that everything worked to my satisfaction even though there was a slight blue tint but that may have been due the foggy weather.
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THE EMPIRE CHINESE RESTAURANT IN RATHMINES ON A COLD AND FOGGY DAY

To the best of my knowledge this well known and popular take-away Chinese restaurant is known as the New Empire (rather than the Empire). It features some excellent street art which changes on a regular basis.
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ST PATRICK'S CLOSE PILLAR DAMAGED AGAIN

The street in front of Benjamin Lee’s statue at St. Patrick's Cathedral was for a period called Guinness St, before reverting back to St Patrick’s Close. At the entrance to the Close, from St. Patrick's Street, are two large pillars and for many months the top section of the pillar nearest the Cathedral was missing because of an accident. Not long after restoration work was completed it has been, once again, damaged.
WHAT IS THE POINT OF REPAIRING THE PILLAR ONLY TO HAVE IT DAMAGED AGAIN

DON'T USE NASTY TAC TICS PAINT-A-BOX STREET BY ALAN O'REGAN

The artist is Alan O'Regan https://www.alanoreganart.com.

Message from the artist: "I love to draw. I also love to drink tea and write stories. As a child, instead of going out to play with the other kids, I was indoors, pencil in hand. At 17, I landed my dream job as an animation artist and experienced the joy of working on feature films, TV shows and shorts. "
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U ARE ALIVE - DUBLIN STREET ART I CANNOT DISPUTE THAT CLAIM

This example of street art is on Grantham Street

Over the last few months I have experimented with my new Sony FX30 which is described as being a video-centric rather than a stills camera but because it is small and light I was hoping it to use it as my go-to camera when I travel. I am also hoping to devote much time to video in 2023.

I was one of the first to get my hands on the new Sony FX30 but I overlooked the fact that I would be unable to process RAW files produced by the camera. I eventually discovered that I could use Luminar NEO or On1 2023 to import the files and convert them to .TIF or .DNG but I was very unhappy with the results as the photographs were, at best, disappointing. Today, I discovered that the latest version of DX0 Pure Raw could import the RAW files and pre-process them so that I could pass them on the Adobe Lightroom.
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LIBERTY BELL BY VIVIENNE ROCHENOT THE FREEDOM BELL AND NOT THE WELL KNOWN PUB

Vivienne Roche’s Liberty Bell and the Literary Parade were commissioned as part of the celebrations marking the Dublin ‘Millennium’ in 1988.

For a long time I had believed that this sculpture in St. Patrick's park was named after the Liberty Bell which happens to be the iconic symbol of American independence but I was totally wrong.
THE LIBERTY BELL SCULPTURE BY VIVIENNE ROCHE

CHRISTMAS AT TEMPLE BAR10 DECEMBER 2022

A word of warning ... I have noticed that many of the restaurants have increased the prices for the month of December or their special lunch and early-bird menus are not available,

Temple Bar is the main tourist area in Dublin and it attracts many Stag and Hen parties from the UK but today [10 December 2022] the mix of people was a bit different as there were many locals trying to find the perfect Christmas present.

Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. The area is bounded by the Liffey to the north, Dame Street to the south, Westmoreland Street to the east and Fishamble Street to the west. It is promoted as Dublin's 'cultural quarter' and, as a centre of Dublin's city centre's nightlife, is a tourist destination. Temple Bar is in the Dublin 2 postal district.
TEMPLE BAR 10 DECEMBER 2022

CHRISTMAS AT DUBLIN CASTLE11 DECEMBER 2022

I decided to visit Dublin Castle having forgotten that there was European-style traditional Christmas market which was booked out well in advance and when I arrived I was surprised by the queues.
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THE NEW CENTRAL PLAZADAME STREET 10 DECEMBER 2022

I am somewhat disappointed by the fact that the majority of Christmas Trees throughout the city are lacking lights.

The plaza features the [relocated] sculpture Crann an Oir (tree of gold) by Derry sculptor Éamonn O'Doherty, which became a symbol of the Central Bank, Irish Banking, and the Celtic Tiger boom and bust. The sculpture, also known as the "Golden Ball" but I thought that it was known as the "Money Tree".
THE NEW CENTRAL PLAZA

PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART WELLINGTON QUAY 10 DECEMBER 2022

This example of Paint-A-Box street art is located on Wellington Quay and could be described to be in Temple Bar. It is at the entrance to The Eliza Lodge. Since 2013 the artwork has changed a few times and I have photographed and published all versions.
PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART ON WELLINGTON QUAY 10 DECEMBER 2022

WOLFE TONE STREET AND PUBLIC PARKDUBLIN CITY CENTRE 10 DECEMBER 2022

According to the local weather forecast: We're really at the start of potentially a long cold spell because really this cold weather is set to last all the way through next week. Met Éireann expects sharp frost and icy stretches to set in tonight as temperatures dip to -4C in places.

A Status Yellow freezing fog warning applies for all counties in the Republic of Ireland until midday tomorrow, causing potentially hazardous driving conditions.
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BIRDS OF IRELANDWOLFE TONE STREET IN DUBLIN CITY CENTRE

According to the local weather forecast: We're really at the start of potentially a long cold spell because really this cold weather is set to last all the way through next week. Met Éireann expects sharp frost and icy stretches to set in tonight as temperatures dip to -4C in places.

A Status Yellow freezing fog warning applies for all counties in the Republic of Ireland until midday tomorrow, causing potentially hazardous driving conditions.
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FRANCIS STREETON A REALLY COLD DAY IN DECEMBER

According to the local weather forecast: We're really at the start of potentially a long cold spell because really this cold weather is set to last all the way through next week. Met Éireann expects sharp frost and icy stretches to set in tonight as temperatures dip to -4C in places.

A Status Yellow freezing fog warning applies for all counties in the Republic of Ireland until midday tomorrow, causing potentially hazardous driving conditions.
ROAD AND FOOTPATHS WERE SLIPPY BECAUSE OF ICE

JESUS THE HOMELESS ON A REALLY COLD DAY IN DECEMBER

Homeless Jesus, also known as Jesus the Homeless, is a bronze sculpture by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz depicting Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. The original sculpture was installed at Regis College, University of Toronto, in early 2013. Other casts have since been installed at many places across the world.

In recent weeks Peter McVerry Trust has mobilised 35 Cold Weather Beds across Dublin in partnership with @HomelessDublin
JESUS THE HOMELESS

A SUNNY BUT VERY COLD DAYGRANGEGORMAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

Barcelona have a motto in 'Mes Que Un Club' that means far more than just the words "more than a club".
A SUNNY BUT VERY COLD DAY

MES QUE UN PUBTHE BACK PAGE PUB ON PHIBSDBOROUGH ROAD

Barcelona have a motto in 'Mes Que Un Club' that means far more than just the words "more than a club".
MES QUE UN PUB

GIRL ON A SWINGPHOTOGRAPHED HALLOWEEN 2013 PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2022

Yesterday I discovered an old SD card in my Sony NEX-7 camera and it contained many photographs from the 2013 Halloween weekend.

This is long gone as the wall was part of a building site on Hanover Quay and a few years after I captured this image all structures on the site were demolished.
GIRL ON A SWING

BOATS IN DISTRESS AT CHARLOTTE QUAYPHOTOGRAPHED HALLOWEEN 2013 PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2022

Tuesday 17 December 2014 Waterways Ireland removed many derelict and abandoned boats from Charlotte Quay in the Grand Canal Dock at Ringsend. However, when I visited in January 2015 there was at least one which appeared to be derelict or abandoned. In April 2015 I revisited the area and there were no derelict or abandoned boats to be seen.
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PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART ON WELLINGTON QUAYPHOTOGRAPHED HALLOWEEN 2013 PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2022

I photographed this Halloween weekend in 2013 and back then it was located outside a restaurant that is now the Eliza Lodge. I cannot remember the name of the restaurant even though I had breakfast there every morning for about three weeks as I was attending a course nearby.
PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART PHOTOGRAPHED HALLOWEEN 2013

DUBLINBIKES DOCKING STATION 68HANOVER QUAY GRAND CANAL DOCK DUBLIN

Hanover Quay is named after the family of George I, Elector of Hanover, who was invited to Britain by the Protestant elite in 1714 to secure the throne.
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VERY FEW CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT THE CHQTHE CHRISTMAS SEASON IS UNDERWAY BUT THE DECORATIONS ARE MUTED

In case you don't know Condé Nast Traveller has named Dublin as one of its top spots in the world to celebrate Christmas.
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IS UNDERWAY BUT THE DECORATIONS ARE MUTED

TRAM STOP AT GEORGE'S DOCKDUBLIN DOCKLANDS 4 DECEMBER 2022

George's Dock is a Georgian dock in the Docklands area of Dublin forming part of the International Financial Services Centre.
THE LUAS TRAM STOP AT GEORGE

LÉ WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS P63SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY 4 DECEMBER 2022

L.É. WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS was commissioned into the naval fleet in October 2016. Since then she has been constantly engaged in Maritime Security and Defence patrolling of the Irish coast. She has also deployed to the Defence Forces mission in the Mediterranean from July to October 2017, rescuing 704 persons and recovering the bodies of 3 deceased.
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ABBEY STREET AREA ON A REALLY WET AND COLD SUNDAY

I usually try to complete my Christmas shopping before the 8th of December the day that old Dubliners once referred to as 'Culchie Shopping Day'. It was, and may still be, the day when country cousins came to Dublin to shop for Christmas. When, as a student, I worked in retail back in the 1960s it was crucial to Dublin retailers, as the traditional shopping day for people from outside the capital to journey to the city. It is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and a holiday very much observed by farmers.
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DUBLINBIKES DOCKING STATION 04GREEK STREET ACROSS FROM WHERE RIVER HOUSE WAS LOCATED

River House was a 5-storey office block on Greek Street - Chancery Street it was described as a "brutalist eyesore" by the Sunday Times. Permission to build River House was granted in 1972, and the building was completed in 1973. It had curtain walling at ground and 1st floor levels, with 4 additional storeys above with pre-cast cladding. The architect of the building has been disputed. Frank McDonald attributed it to John Thompson and Partners, but this led to a libel suit during which it was stated that "neither John or David Thompson of the firm John Thompson and Partners had anything to do with the design or erection of River House". It appears to have been the work of Patrick J. Sheahan and Partners.
DUBLINBIKES DOCKING STATION 04

CHANCERY PUBLIC PARKTHE PARK IN THE PILL

This attractive little park is well worth a visit but it up until recently I was more than annoyed by the fact that the gates were only open for two hours every weekday up until a few years ago. To the best of my knowledge it is now open to the public from 8am to 4pm every day. Officially, the hours are limited because of anti-social activity in the immediate area.
THE PARK IN THE PILL

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