It’s difficult to see the door in this little building, with all that glass, but it’s been there a long time. It’s a signal box, no longer in use, that was relocated to Dundalk’s Clarke Station from further along the line. The station was built to replace the one designed c. 1845 by Sir John McNeil. The ticket office and modern waiting area are located at road level, but the station itself is beneath this at track level. The two sections are connected by a Victorian style covered walkway, and a 21st-century lift for disabled access. The station is noted for its fine iron, glass, and polychrome brickwork and is one of the nicest to be seen on the Dublin-Belfast line.
Have a look at these doors on Norm Frampton’s blog and here.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Door.”
Opera House Budapest
I know I’m always going on about Budapest, but it really is a fabulous city. For this week’s Thursday Doors, I’m posting a couple of photos of the Hungarian State Opera House. We just didn’t have the time to visit all the places on our list as we were only on a five day stay, so I never got to see inside the building. I did find a couple of photos online, to give you a glimpse of the interior (courtesy of wikimedia.org).
On our city break, we stayed only a couple of streets away from the Opera House, in the Opera Garden Hotel and Apartments and I cannot praise the service or the helpful staff there highly enough. Great value for money, too. Around the corner from the hotel, we found one of Budapest’s many kerts (ruin pubs). This one was called Most where we spent three out of the four evenings we had in the city. The food was lovely and at a very affordable price (especially the cocktails). I did get a quite a few photos of the interior of that particular building.
It was a pleasant surprise to step inside Most and see the bookshelf wallpaper, I felt very much at home there, surround by such a literary theme. The rest of my photographs are not quite as clearly focused – after all, I did say the cocktails were good value for money, didn’t I? Check out the photos on Norm Frampton’s site for more Thursday Doors.
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Tynte’s Castle is a late fifteenth century urban tower-house that stands in the main street of Youghal, county Cork. It is the only remaining example of several such buildings that were formally to be found in the town. Tower-houses were a feature of the infrastructure of Irish towns and cities of the 15th and 16th centuries. It is thought that these particular fortified buildings were constructed by merchants and their families, especially in coastal towns such as Youghal, where they would have been involved in trade.
‘They were not part of the town’s defences and were located on the main street or at important junctions. These tower houses afforded secure storage for goods, good residential space for the period and an impressive edifice that enhanced the trade of the merchant. These merchant families were a growing urban elite that was coming to the fore in urban politics in 14th and 15th century Ireland. These affluent families became civic office holders in the governing corporations of the towns, positioning themselves to benefit economically and politically from such positions as Mayors and Burgesses. By living in towns, they forged business links and created civic cohesion in a time in which central government was erratic at best.’
Source: Tynte’s Castle
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In Ireland you can have all four seasons in a day, so it’s difficult to say anything is really off-season. However, it’s the middle of June and although we’ve had a little bit of sunshine, this is what most days have been like so far; cold and grey. The only thing that’s missing is the rain – and that’s about to visit us today by the looks of things.
Last weekend we finally got around to buying a swinging garden seat and it rained for two days, leaving us tripping over the box as it stood unopened in our hallway. On the third day, the rain stopped and we put it together, my husband and I, without one argument about the size of the A screws in relation to the B screws, as drawn out in the enclosed instruction sheet – possibly by a five year old. The dog loves it and he sat with me later that night, the two of us wrapped in a blanket under a starlit sky, swinging to and fro on our lovely padded seat. He’s still sitting on the nice new comfy seat, only it’s not on the swing, due to the impending rain. I think he’s trying to tell me something.
I’ve explained what off-season means, but he just doesn’t get it.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”
Believe me, this door in my local town of Youghal, is tiny. It belongs to a block of the oldest surviving alms houses in Ireland. Sir Richard Boyle, the first Earl of Cork (1566 –1643) endowed them to six old soldiers, who were to receive a pension of £5 per year. This service was later extended to include widows. The six houses were built in 1610 and continued to be used in their original form until the mid-19th century, when some alterations took place. They are still lived in today and are in a relatively original condition.
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