Thursday Doors

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I’ve chosen an interesting part of Cork city for this week’s Thursday Doors, a place that has a connection with probably the greatest guitar player to ever come out of Ireland. The door above belongs to Saints Peter and Paul’s presbytery and school, built in 1879 by Robert Walker. I’m not sure if it still houses a school today but it is the presbytery for Peter and Paul’s parish, the church being nearby. I did notice a plaque about marriage counselling on the door. I took some shots at different angles as I worked my way round to the side of the building, to what was formerly called Paul Street Plaza.

It was renamed Rory Gallagher Place in October 1995 in honour of one of the world’s greatest musician. He grew up in Cork but was born in Ballyshannon, county Donegal on 2 March 1948 in Rock Hospital (very appropriate name for a musician) where there is another Rory Gallagher Place. In fact, there are many locations that pay tribute to him.  There’s even a Rue Rory Gallagher in France, in Ris-Orangis, in the southern suburbs of Paris, where he played his last French concert just months before he died. In Dublin there’s a Rory Gallagher Corner and in Belfast they have a memorial plaque at Ulster Hall.

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As he got older Rory developed a phobia of flying and to help him cope with this, he received a prescription for a powerful sedative. The medication, combined with drinking alcohol resulted in severe liver damage and, although unwell, he continued touring. His final tour had to be cancelled as he was so ill during his performance in the Netherlands on 10 January 1995. On being admitted to King’s College Hospital, London in March 1995, the extent of his illness became apparent and doctors advised that a liver transplant was his only option. Rory was in intensive care for thirteen weeks after his surgery and plans were being made to transfer him to a convalescent home, when he contracted MRSA and died of the infection on 14 June 1995, just 47 years of age. He was unmarried and had no children.

Rory Gallagher received an award in 1972 for International Guitarist of the Year and his albums have sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide. When asked in an interview how it felt to be the greatest guitarist in the world, Jimi Hendrix replied, “I don’t know, go ask Rory Gallagher.” Now that’s a tribute.

Thank you for your visit and if you would like to see a selection of Thursday Doors from around the globe (or participate yourself) head on over to Norm’s blog and click the blue link at the bottom of his post.


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Goin’ To The Pictures, Frank O’Donoghue

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A lovely excerpt from the book “Goin’ To The Pictures” by Frank O’Donoghue, reblogged from Pat Carroll’s site. I never knew about such early use of cinematography in Youghal.

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The Horgan brothers – James, Phil and Tom – born in Youghal in the 1870/80s certainly were Irish film pioneers.  Although their father was a big strapping man who made thigh boots for the British cavalry regiments, he died around 1887 at a young age, leaving his family penniless except for one payment due for the last pair of boots.  This sovereign was enough for their mother, who was a most remarkable woman of Huguenot stock, to get the three of them apprenticeships with De La Coeur & Co, boot makers in Youghal.  When they came out of their indentures, they set up as boot makers and also developed their other talents as musicians, artists and inventors and later in photography and filming.  It is said that when people knocked on the door of their shop, Mrs Horgan would come out and ask the caller if he/she wanted to see…

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Opening Time


Opening Time

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Closing Time

The Nook in Youghal has been in the same family since 1901, when it was bought by Michael Treacy, a local farmer. Previously, the pub had been in the ownership of the O’Mahony family, but it is not known how long it had been in operation. The pub is in the oldest part of Youghal, with Walter Raleigh’s house, which dates from the Elizabethan plantations of the 1560’s, to the rear of it, and thus this pub may have been in operation for several centuries. You can read more here.

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Thursday Door’s 5/52: Nº418

It’s lovely and simple with a fabulous shade of blue that looks so well against the red brick.

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While birding last Saturday I saw this door, and cottage and had to stop

to take a photo.  I really like the shape of this door, and the color. Next to red doors, blue is one of my all time favorite colors for doors.

Nº 418 Thursday Doors

I love this roof line and 3 gables.

Nº 418 Thursday Doors

This is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Door’s. Click here to see all the doors posted this week.

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More to come…

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The Slum

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Are you as tough as your ancestors? Would you like to find out firsthand what it was like to live in one of the slums of the Victorian era? Well, now’s your chance, thanks to BBC Two. Those ‘lucky’ enough to be chosen to participate in The Slum living history experiment will start off in the 1860s and journey through the years to the welfare reforms of the early 20th century. They will learn what life was like for their unfortunate forbears both at work and in the slums they called home.

You can read more about the project here and if you feel brave enough, follow this link to find out about being a participant.

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Thursday Doors



I promise not to bore you with any more Thursday Doors from St. Mary’s Collegiate Church after this. There were far too many to add to last week’s post so I saved some for this week. These photos are of the door to Boyle’s Chapel, situated inside the Church. Richard Boyle, one of the most successful men of his time, purchased Sir Walter Raleigh’s estates in Youghal. He was born in Canterbury in 1566 and arrived in Ireland in 1588 with few possessions, but great ambitions.

It was Boyle’s marriage to heiress Joan Apsley in 1595 that enabled him to purchase Raleigh’s estates for £1,500. Having brought settlers over from England, he became Lord Boyle when he introduced veteran soldiers to the area, creating a ‘settled’ Colony in the maritime port of Youghal.
Boyle in no small way influenced the granting of a new charter to Youghal in 1609 and the town saw great development thereof. Goods such as cloth, wine, tobacco and luxury items were imported for the English settlers, while exports included pipe staves, wool and cattle. There was great potential for a pig iron industry in the town which could fulfill a great demand in England. A good supply of timber for charcoal, rich iron ore deposits along with water power and a great sea port encouraged Boyle to generate an active iron industry in the early 17th century.


I’m sorry I didn’t get a better shot of this very elaborate monument in Boyle’s Chapel but I couldn’t stand far enough away to get all of it in the picture. It shows him reclining with his first and second wives, Joan Apsley and Katherine Fenton, on either side of him. Boyle’s mother Joan Naylor is placed above (top of image).  Some of his of 16 children are portrayed keeling in a row in front of him. His first wife died in childbirth and is represented with a baby at her feet.

Boyle died in 1643 and was buried here with his mother – but not his wives. His second wife bore him 15 children before she expired at the age of 42. Of his eight daughters, seven married noblemen and four of his seven sons were ennobled in their father’s lifetime. The most notable of his offspring was Robert Boyle, the natural philosopher and author of Boyle’s Law.

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To be a camper in Ireland it helps to be optimistic, as you can see from this image. The mist rolling in over the hill brought a soft drizzle of rain that gives rise to the Irish expression ‘Soft day, thank God’. A summer’s morning such as the one pictured above can often mean a sunny, warm day ahead, especially on the coast of West Cork. These photographs were taken on a camping trip to Barleycove last summer.

Undaunted we set off to the beach, enjoying what we could see of the beautiful scenery. It wasn’t long before our optimism paid off with the mist dispersing to reveal a wonderful clear blue sky.


Thank you for viewing my contribution this week to The Daily Post’s WordPress photo challenge where you can find a wide variety of interesting interpretations of the word Optimistic.

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Thursday Doors


Thursday Doors this week brings me back to an old favourite, The Collegiate Church in Youghal. There is a pop-up museum on display there at the moment and my daughter and grandson came along to catch up on some local history. He’s only six years old but loves anything old or vintage (including me) and had great fun being surrounded by all that history.

A couple of years ago the floor just in front of the baptismal font began to subside and during the repairs an underfloor heating system was discovered, along with some old bones.  The grave was believed to be that of a medieval 30 year old female, possibly a nun. The heating system consisted of 18th century subterranean flues that carried hot air from fires lit in the church. Further remnants gave evidence of a later system that transported water from a furnace through earthen channels.

We also met some interesting historical characters in the pop-up museum and my daughter and grandson enjoyed ‘modelling’ some of the costumes.

Medieval Youghal

This medieval model of the town was built by Crowley Model Makers of Bray, County Wicklow. With a scale of  1:500 and a  base size of 1000mm x 800mm the  model was based on a map of Youghal in 1558 which was set out in the recently published ‘Youghal Atlas’ produced by The Royal Academy of Ireland.  The project was developed and produced over a period of 4 months. The following video gives an excellent perspective.

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Some of my favourite letters of the alphabet – for obvious reasons. 

This is one of Galway’s best known bars. Located right in the heart of the city on Shop Street, Taaffes has been operating as a pub for over 150 years. The building itself dates back at least 400 years. If you’re planning a visit to Galway and would like to hear some traditional music, Taaffes hold regular sessions at 5pm and 9.30pm from April-October and at 9pm the rest of the year. No cover charge and plenty of seating available but you would need to get there early as it’s a very popular venue.

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Thursday Doors



My choice for Thursday Doors this week belongs to a building that has something in common with a place in Nova Scotia. The Red House in Youghal was designed by Dutch architect, Claud Leuventhen. It was commissioned in 1703 by a wealthy merchant family, the Uniacke’s of Killeagh, County Cork.  At present, the building is in use as a private dwelling. The bricks were imported during construction as the local red brick was not considered good enough. It’s rumoured that the Red House is haunted by a very friendly ghost, who is said to rearrange the clothing of visitors – hopefully not while they are wearing them.


One Member of the Uniacke family was Richard John Uniacke (November 22, 1753 – October 11, 1830) who was an abolitionist, lawyer, politician, member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and Attorney General of Nova Scotia. He devoted 49 years of his life to public service and fought in the American Revolution, later seeking to emancipate Catholics and black slaves. His substantial estate is preserved as the Uniacke Estate Museum Park at Mount Uniacke in Nova Scotia.

There is also a Mount Uniacke in County Cork, Ireland, created by Richard’s grandfather, Captain James Uniacke. At the age of sixteen Richard was influenced by a Catholic priest, which didn’t sit well with his Protestant family, and his father had him sent to Dublin to study law. There he became involved with the movement for greater Irish political autonomy and joined the Irish nationalists. Subsequently, his father cut off his allowance. Penniless, Richard refused to return home and abandoned his studies, deciding to seek his fortune in Nova Scotia

Uniacke joined the American rebels in 1776 and soon found himself a prisoner in Halifax. As a rebel he faced being charged with treason and if found guilty would be hung. He escaped the gallows and was released, possibly due to his family connections and the fact that several military officers in Halifax had been stationed with some of his brothers. 

After the American Revolution, Uniacke was a member of the House of Assembly and remained so for over twenty years (1783, 1785-1793; 1997-1805). In 1808 he was appointed to the Nova Scotia Council.

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