PHOTO DIARY - JANUARY 2023

JANUARY 2023 PHOTO DIARY

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ELMPARK GREEN URBAN QUARTERNEAR MERRION GATES

In July 2009 the Irish Times reported that the Elmpark mixed-use development had won an award for being an outstanding development from the US-based Urban Land Institute.
Elmpark Green 29 January 2023

MERRION HALLTHE MODERN ONE IN SANDYMOUNT NOT THE ONE THAT IS NOW THE DAVENPORT HOTEL

When I was young there was a Merrion Hall that was not far from my school but is is now the Davenport Hotel located near Merrion Square. That particular building was Plymouth Brethren church built by Alfred Gresham Jones and completed in 1863.
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A CHURCH THAT LOOKS LIKE A LARGE HOUSECHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION BOOTERSTOWN

"Located in the leafy suburb of Booterstown, Co Dublin, Gleesons of Booterstown is an award-winning family run boutique hotel, restaurant and bar. Home to 16 luxurious en suites, which compliment the multi award-winning Bar, Pub, Restaurant, deli and off license."
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HAD A VERY GOOD SUNDAY LUNCH AT GLEESONSBOOTERSTOWN AVENUE 29 JANUARY 2023

"Located in the leafy suburb of Booterstown, Co Dublin, Gleesons of Booterstown is an award-winning family run boutique hotel, restaurant and bar. Home to 16 luxurious en suites, which compliment the multi award-winning Bar, Pub, Restaurant, deli and off license."
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THE WHITE MOOSE CAFE IS DUE TO CLOSE NEXT TUESDAYCHARLEVILLE LODGE

Sadly this restaurant had no option other than to close next Tuesday (31 January 2023) as the building where they operate from has been sold. I believe that it is their intention to reopen at some later date if they can find a suitable location.
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THE MAVERICK AND THE BOOM BOXPHOTOGRAPHED 2016 FIRST PUBLISHED 27 JANUARY 2023

The people at the Maverick use the following description: "A radical alternative at the heart of Belfast's Queer Quarter, The Maverick is open 7 nights a week with free entertainment".

Boombox is a club that brings too much to the table. With its diverse music choices ranging from electro-pop to indie, hip hop, house, and techno. In addition, this gay bar also hosts a variety of drag acts during the week.
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OLD TOWN HALL ON VICTORIA STREETPHOTOGRAPHED 2016 FIRST PUBLISHED 27 JANUARY 2023

I last photographed this in 2016 and for some unknown reason I have not photographed it since however I do hope to visit the area again in April 2023.
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LITTLE MARY STREETTHE LATEST AND LARGEST STAYCITY APARTHOTEL IN DUBLIN

As the street is very narrow it is difficult to photograph this new building. The laneway at the side of the building is Anglesea Row and to the best of my knowledge a former mill was located was located here and it has been completely rebuilt to provide modern office space.
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THIS WAS A WELSH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHMOLAND PLACE - TALBOT STREET

The street was named in 1821 after Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 2nd Earl Talbot, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, from 1817 to 1821. It was previously called Cope Street North and Moland Street. The Moland family owned large areas of land in the area with the Deverell family, with Deverall Place and Moland Place remaining as extant place names.
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CUCKOO LANE IN DUBLIN 7THE BLUE BUILDING WAS A SCHOOL

Lána na Cuaiche is the Irish name for this laneway.

The school which was located on this very narrow lane was associated with the nearby Roman Catholic church of Saint Michin's, this was one of several primary schools in the area, and is of significance as a repository of memory for local people who attended. Its current use by a long-established fruit and vegetable wholesalers continues the markets tradition of the area.
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GREEN STREET20 JANUARY 2023

I live close to Mary's Lane and even though Brendan’s Café has operated here since 1985 I was unaware of it until I noticed it being used by a film crew a few weeks ago.
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BRENDAN'S CAFEMARY'S LANE NEAR CAPEL STREET

I live close to Mary's Lane and even though Brendan’s Café has operated here since 1985 I was unaware of it until I noticed it being used by a film crew a few weeks ago.
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STREET ART THAT NO LONGER EXISTSPHOTOGRAPHED IN 2016 PUBLISHED 20 JANUARY 2023

To the best of my knowledge there there is nothing her but a blank wall.

Evolve is an Irish creative agency helping with original attention grabbing 'street art' and urban art commissions.

A DublinBike docking station is located on this narrow street beside John's Lane Church.
DUBLINBIKES DOCKING STATION 72

FORMBY-CONNINGBEG MEMORIALPHOTOGRAPHED IN AUGUST 2017 AND PUBLISHED IN JANUARY 2023

I photographed this sculpture back in August 2017 and reprocessed them in January 2023. I had planned to visit Waterford again in 2023 but I am unwilling to pay the prices that the hotels are currently charging. I also had to cancel the 2022 visit.
FORMBY-CONNINGBEG MEMORIAL ON THE QUAYS

MOTEL ONE STILL A WIP SO THE LIFFEY STREET PUBLIC REALM WORKS SCHEME IS SLIGHTLY DELAYED

In May 2919 I wrote the following: "Construction of a 310-room hotel at this location is underway. When completed in mid-2020, the hotel will be operated by the budget hotel brand Motel One. It is claimed that the development will transform the area, encouraging tourist footfall and general retail activity in the surrounding area."

It is now January and for various reasons the hotel is still a work in progress.
SO THE LIFFEY STREET PUBLIC REALM WORKS SCHEME IS SLIGHTLY DELAYED

MALLIN STATION IN DUN LAOGHAIREJANUARY 2023

Also called Kingstown Harbour the station was renamed Kingstown in 1861, and renamed Dún Laoghaire in 1921. It was given the additional name "Mallin" on 10 April 1966, 50 years after the Easter Rising, when Córas Iompair Éireann renamed 15 major stations after Republican leaders. It is named in honour of Michael Mallin, a leader in the 1916 Easter Rising. although it is usually referred to simply as Dún Laoghaire.
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WATERFRONT FACING SCOTSMANS BAYBADLY NEGLECTED AT PRESENT

Dún Laoghaire is a suburban coastal town in Dublin in Ireland. It is the administrative centre of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown.

The town was built following the 1816 legislation that allowed the building of a major port to serve Dublin. It was known as Dunleary until it was renamed Kingstown in honour of King George IV's 1821 visit, and in 1920 was given its present name, the original Irish form of Dunleary. Over time, the town became a residential location, a seaside resort and the terminus of Ireland's first railway.
DUN LAOGHAIRE WATERFRONT FACING SCOTSMANS BAY

THE SECTIONS RELATING THE DALKEYWERE UPDATED 12 JANUARY 2023

Dalkey is a suburb of Dublin and seaside resort just south of Dublin City, Ireland. It was founded as a Viking settlement and became an important port during the Middle Ages. According to John Clyn, it was one of the ports through which the plague entered Ireland in the mid-14th century. In modern times, Dalkey has become a thriving seaside suburb and a minor tourist attraction. It has been home to many writers and celebrities including Jane Emily Herbert, Maeve Binchy, Hugh Leonard, Bono, Van Morrison and Enya
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MISTER SCREEN LOST HIS JOBPHOTOGRAPHED JANUARY 2016 PUBLISHED JANUARY 2023

The caricature sculpture of a cinema usher, entitled Mr. Screen, which stood utside the Screen Cinema was created in 1988 by sculptor, Vincent Browne. I like it but many of my friends do not like it and consider it to be ugly.
HE WAS PHOTOGRAPHED OUTSIDE THE SCREEN CINEMA WHICH HAS SINCE LONG GON

TIVOLI CAR PARK AS IT WAS IN JANUARY 2016 PHOTOGRAPHS PUBLISHED JANUARY 2023

This was an amazing location for Street Art. These are not my best photographs but they do capture the 'feel' of the location. Last year I visited the new complex and it was bleak and the preserved artwork lacked soul.
STREET ART AT THE TIVOLI CAR PARK AS IT WAS IN JANUARY 2016

CHEAP AS CHIPSNOW I UNDERSTAND MOORE'S LAW

Unfortunately the UK’s initial space mission has failed after “an anomaly” prevented the Virgin Orbit rocket from reaching orbit. I feel sorry for the nine teams who devoted so much time and effort to developing the 9 small satellites.

If space travel had followed Moore's law since the the 1960's it would cost as much as a bag of chips today.

Moore's law is the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit (IC) doubles about every two years. Moore's law is an observation and projection of a historical trend. Rather than a law of physics, it is an empirical relationship linked to gains from experience in production.
CHEAP AS CHIPS

CITY WEST HOTEL NEAR SAGGARTI HAVE NOT VISITED THE AREA SINCE APRIL 2016

I could not believe it when I discovered that I have not visited Saggart or the Citywest Hotel since April 2016 so I am now planning to visit the area as soon as the weather improves.
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YOU CAN RING MY BELL AT THE PANTIBAR PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART ON CAPEL STREET

I really liked Ring My Bell but I could never remember the name of the singer and when I asked anyone (with one exception ... @ronanleonard) they would always say Gloria Gaynor and that always annoyed me because I was not a fan of "I Will Survive" after hearing it too many times.
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THE REFURBISHED BATHS BUT WHERE IS THE POOLDUN LAOGHAIRE 8 JANUARY 2023

After an almost twenty year local campaign Dún Laoghaire baths reopened as a public amenity in December 2022 but without a pool. Apparently a rectangular concrete void has been left below the surface of the amphitheatre and will allow for the inclusion of a tidal pool in future works.
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LÉ EMER P21 PHOTOGRAPHED 29 JUNE 2008NOW NNS PROSPERITY WITH THE NIGERIAN NAVY

To the best of my knowledge LÉ Emer was here, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, as it was tasked with escorting the Sea Stallion from Glendalough on it return journey to Denmark.
NOW NNS PROSPERITY WITH THE NIGERIAN NAVY

SEA STALLION FROM GLENDALOUGH SETS SAIL FOR DENMARKPHOTOGRAPHED 29 JUNE 2008 AND PUBLISHED 5 JANUARY 2023

Yesterday [6 Jan 2023] and today my photographs of this Viking Longship attracted much attention and a few people who were actually involved asked me if I had and photographs of the boat in the water [arriving in Dublin or leaving Dublin] and after much searching I found a number of original Canon RAW files which needed a lot of post processing as they contained a lot of noise.

The Viking longship - the 'Sea Stallion from Glendalough' - set sail from Dublin 29 June 2008. It left Custom House Quay at noon to begin a return journey to Roskilde in Denmark having been scheduled to arrive at the Viking Ship Museum there on Saturday August 9.
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SEA STALLION FROM GLENDALOUGH AND AN APRIL FOOL JOKEPHOTOGRAPHED 11 MAY 2008 AND PUBLISHED 5 JANUARY 2023

Havhingsten fra Glendalough ("Sea Stallion from Glendalough") is a Danish reconstruction of Skuldelev 2, one of the Skuldelev ships. The original ship was built around 1042 near Dublin. The original ship was built with oak from Glendalough, Wicklow, Ireland, hence the ship's name. The reconstruction was built at the shipyard of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde from 2000 to 2004. Havhingsten fra Glendalough is a reconstruction of the longest viking longship that currently is found. It is used for research.
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MALAHIDE SEAFRONT NEAR THE VILLAGEPHOTOGRAPHED 11 MAY 2008 AND PUBLISHED 5 JANUARY 2023

About ten to fifteen years ago I had lunch almost every week in Malahide and frequently my mother would join me but she will be 103 years old next May.

The Irish Sea has played a major role in the development of tourism in the Malahide. The extensive Velvet Strand stretches to the horizon and is extremely popular with bathers, walkers and water sports enthusiasts.
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I LIKE THIS OLD SHELTERPHOTOGRAPHED 11 MAY 2008 AND PUBLISHED 5 JANUARY 2023

You will find the People’s Flower Gardens between the Parkgate Street entrance and the North Circular Road entrance to the Phoenix Park.

The garden was laid out and opened in the mid-nineteenth century as the Promenade Grounds. It provides an opportunity to enjoy the horticulture of that era at its best. A large ornamental lake with various fowl, a children’s playground, picnic areas and Victorian bedding schemes are just some of the attractions you will come across here.
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CRICKET CLUBS IN PHOENIX PARKPHOTOGRAPHED 11 MAY 2008 AND PUBLISHED 5 JANUARY 2023

Phoenix Cricket Club is the oldest in Ireland and believed to be one of the oldest in the world having been founded in 1830. Prior to 1834 the Club members met and practiced in the Phoenix Park but in 1835 the Club moved out of the Park and played its matches in open fields south of the Canal behind Upper Baggot Street. In 1838 the Commissioner of Woods and Forests granted permission for a 150 yards square near the Wellington monument. At that time a temporary rail had to be erected as several players were injured as the ground had been cut up by wandering animals. Permanent rails were subsequently erected of an agreed thickness and painted white so as to be clearly visible to horsemen.
TWO CRICKET CLUBS IN PHOENIX PARK NEAR THE WELLINGTON MONUMENT

TALLAGHT AS IT WAS IN MAY 2008PHOTOGRAPHED IN MAY 2008 AND PUBLISHED 4 JANUARY 2023

Capital Dock is a 22-storey mixed-use development at the junction of Sir John Rogerson's Quay and Britain Quay in the Dublin docklands. Developed by Kennedy Wilson, the site was acquired in 2012 and construction finished in 2018. Upon completion, the 79-metre tower became the tallest storeyed building in the Republic of Ireland, and the third tallest on the island of Ireland.
TALLAGHT CROSS AND NEARBY 17 MAY 2008

CAPITAL DOCKBREWDOG AND NEARBY

Capital Dock is a 22-storey mixed-use development at the junction of Sir John Rogerson's Quay and Britain Quay in the Dublin docklands. Developed by Kennedy Wilson, the site was acquired in 2012 and construction finished in 2018. Upon completion, the 79-metre tower became the tallest storeyed building in the Republic of Ireland, and the third tallest on the island of Ireland.
CAPITAL DOCK AT BRITAIN QUAY

LARGE MURALS NEAR HUBSPOT HQPHOTOGRAPHED DECEMBER 2022 PUBLISHED 3 JANUARY 2023

Unfortunately I know nothing about this collection of three murals located near HubSpot House on Sir John Rogerson's Quay in the Dockland area of Dublin. The large building with the mural on the side was home to the Creighton Art Gallery but according to Google Maps it is currently closed. Note: The small building nearest the river could well be on City Quay.
LARGE MURALS NEAR HUBSPOT HQ ON SIR JOHN ROGERSON

DUBLIN’S SÉAN O’CASEY BRIDGECOULD NOT BE OPENED FOR FOUR YEARS BECAUSE OF LOST REMOTE CONTROL

It is often the case when I am out photographing a local decided to provide me with some important information relating to what I am currently photographing. When photographing the area near the Sean O'Casey Bridge, a few weeks ago, I was told that it was no longer possible to open the bridge because the remote control had been lost. I must admit that I did not believe the claim but when I checked I discovered that the story was more-or-less true.
COULD NOT BE OPENED FOR FOUR YEARS BECAUSE OF LOST REMOTE CONTROL

THE DOCKERS PUB ON SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY

Considering that the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed here in Ireland on the last day of February 29 2020 re-opening a pub towards the end of 2019 might have been a case of bad timing but it would appear that they have survived as a going concern. I checked and they are open at 4pm today Jan 2 2023 and it was indicated that people who visit spend between 45 minutes and three hours there.
THE DOCKERS PUB IN THE DOCKLANDS

NEWTOWN ABBEY IN TRIM COUNTY MEATHCHRISTMAS DAY 2022 PUBLISHED JANUARY 2023

The main building is the Church of St Peter and St Paul (sometimes called a cathedral). The abbey church features lancet windows, with Norman-style sedilia to the right of the altar, and a double piscina for washing communion vessels.

A smaller church in the east of the monastery is the parish church of Newtown Clonbun. This is the burial site of Lucas Dillon (c. 1530 – 1592), Attorney General for Ireland and Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer, and his first wife Jane Bathe. Their tomb effigies are separated by a sword of state, and so they gained the local nickname of the “jealous man and woman”.
NEWTOWN ABBEY IN TRIM COUNTY MEATH

TRIM PORCHFIELDS AND RIVER WALK CHRISTMAS WEEK 2022 PUBLISHED JANUARY 2023

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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