Thursday Doors

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A red Thursday Door this week and a very unusual one, at that. It looks a bit like a stone Juliet balcony to me. This old building is part of a lovely traditional Irish bar and restaurant that has a sad history attached to it. It’s situated in the Gaeltacht area of County Waterford, where the Irish language is widely spoken in everyday conversation.

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An Seanachaí, which is the Irish word for a storyteller/historian, obtained its first licence in 1845, the first year of the Great Irish Famine. It was issued to John Ketts and the public house was originally established to provide food and drink for those digging  graves in a nearby field, which had been enclosed by a stone wall partly built by workhouse inmates. The Kett family were caretakers of the graveyard in the aftermath of the famine.dsc_0874.jpg

It’s thought there could be as many as three mass graves in the field. The corpses were brought by pony and trap from the town. At the height of the famine, a Mr Fitzgerald made this journey with his cart up to three times a day. Currently, it is not known how many were buried there but it is certainly in the hundreds, if not up to a thousand. The inmates of the workhouse were thought so little of by officialdom at the time, they only had a number and no names were recorded. Many unfortunate souls dug their own graves just days before they themselves were interred, buried without coffins or shrouds. A local story tells of a young baby who let out a loud cry just as she was about to be buried with a number of other famine victims. That child emigrated to America and lived into her 90’s.

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 This life-sized sculpture of a woman in mourning stands just inside the gated entrance.  It was created by Seán Creagh but unfortunately he passed away before it was completed. The decision was made to go ahead and erect the fiberglass structure that would have been used to create the mold for the final piece. Sadly, it’s beginning to show signs of damage as it’s not very weather-proof.

Thank you for stopping by and if you would like to view some more Thursday Doors, have a look at Norm’s blog and scroll down to the blue link at the end of his post.

 

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Face

Mum as toddler

The face of mischief, mayhem and merriment. A toddler with a cheeky grin and a larger than life personality. This photograph of my mother was taken about 77 years ago and it’s one of my favourite images in our family album. I have even used it on one of my book covers. I reckon she must have been a handful, although she claims to have been an angel of a child. It’s the glint she still has in her eyes that makes me doubtful but I wouldn’t change her for the world. Love you, Mum.

Mum in 2016

This is when she’s behaving herself.

Mum 2014

She still has that cheeky grin.

In response to the WordPress Daily Post photo challenge ‘Face’

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3 Theories of TIME TRAVEL – Infographic…

If you like the concept of time travel, you’ll get a kick out of this, thanks to Chris.

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Thursday Doors

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While in Ardmore, county Waterford recently I took lots of photos for the Thursday Doors series. So, to continue on from last week’s cottage murals, here are some of my favourites along with boats, bluebells and balustrades.

As we climbed the hill that led to where we planned on having lunch, we came across this little white cottage, its pretty yellow door looking out over the seaside village and sheltered beach.

At the top of the hill stands the Cliff House Hotel, with its fabulous vista and even more fabulous food from a Michelin-starred restaurant. For a five-star establishment the excellent bar food is great value at a very moderate price and I was so hungry after all that sea air and exercise, I wolfed it down before I remembered to take a photograph. I did, however take a shot of the butter, brown bread and condiments – note the seascape in the background. We could have eaten outside on the terrace but dark clouds were looming in the bay, promising to drop their load on us at any time. There wasn’t even a sign of any of the dolphins that often entertain delighted guests.

The whole of the reception area, front and back, is glass so that all you can really see of the hotel’s doors are the handles. The stairs and its decorative balustrade lead down to the restaurant and bar, with many of the interior walls displaying the same stonework as the exterior.

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Empty tables on the terrace and a good job, too, as ten minutes later it bucketed down on top of them.  I still have a few more photos from Ardmore to share on next week’s Thursday Doors but if you surf on over to Norm’s blog you’ll find a wide and varied selection to browse through. Thanks for visiting and taking the tour.

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Thursday Doors

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If you’re staring at this image and thinking there’s something fishy about this Thursday Door then you’d be quite right.

It’s a mural, as is the open sash window with the curtain blowing out. The window box is real enough, though.

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If you thought that first door was fishy, have a look at this one. I think these mackerel are trying to get into their ‘school’ (so sorry for that pun) Their teacher’s name must be Annette, judging by that lobster pot at the door. Okay, I’ll stop now.

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Next door to the fish school is the hen house. There they are, clucking over the visitor that left his mucky bike leaning against their nice clean white-washed wall.

When we lived in the countryside in the ’80’s we had two hens – one for our two daughters and one for our two sons. The girls called theirs Henrietta and we could see how they came up with that name. The boys called their feathered friend Socrates. Seeing as they were only 3 and 6 years old (the boys, not the hens) we congratulated ourselves on having such smart children, calling their hen after a Greek philosopher. We came down to earth with a bang when one of the neighbours asked them how they picked the name and our six year old son answered, “Because they play soccer.” Those hens did actually chase a ball around the garden. The boys were saying ‘Soccertees’ having made the name up between them.

Just in case you feel cheated looking at photographs of fake Irish cottages with fake thatched roofs and fake windows and doors – here’s the real thing.

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These shots were taken in the seaside village of Ardmore, County Waterford, not too far from where I live. If you would like to view a wonderful selection of doors from other parts of the globe, have a look at Norm’s blog and click the blue link on his post.

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Thursday Doors

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At a recent food festival in Dungarvan, County Waterford I found some very interesting subjects to photograph for this week’s Thursday Doors. I love the stonework in this old building which now serves as a supermarket. I think it might have been a mill in the past.

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I suppose you’re wondering where the door is.

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Of course, it’s a red one. Around the corner I found a white window, a narrow lane and an invitation – how could I resist.

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Good food in a lovely setting with a bit of ‘wildlife’ for good measure – and I’m not talking about the pub scene.

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Oops! Another red door. How did that sneak in there? The wildlife I encountered was quite tame. This beautiful barn owl was hand-reared from a three day old chick.

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You never know what you’ll find when you venture through Thursday Doors. Have a look at what surprises Norm has in store and click the blue frog button at the bottom of his post.

WordPress informed me this morning that I signed up three years ago today (although it took many months before I had the know-how or the courage to publish my first post). I suppose it’s very appropriate that I celebrate my 3rd Blogaversary on a Thursday Doors post, as it has practically turned into an addiction for me at this stage.😉 Many thanks to Norman Frampton, creator of Thursday Doors (who also celebrated his own Blogaversary this month) and to everyone who has taken the time to pay a visit to my blog.

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How I learned that grandad executed Erskine Childers

August 24th 2016 is not only the centenary anniversary of the Easter Rising but it is also the day that the people of Ireland will fill in their census forms. David Lawlor’s post shows the importance of this task as a record for future generations.

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Do you know where you’ll be on April 24? Maybe not, but chances are you might just find yourself huddled over a form, answering innumerable questions about your personal life. Filling in the census may not be the most exciting of pastimes, but it sure is important. Without all those statistics it generates, we’d be lost in terms of planning for the future. Just as importantly, though, we’d be all at sea when it comes to the past, too.

The census proved invaluable when it came to discovering more about my grandfather, Michael Lawlor, as part of a family history project looking at his role during the War of Independence and Civil War.

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I’d heard some snippets of stories about Michael, but not much of substance, so I decided to do some digging. I started my research with the national archives, specifically the census figures for 1901 and…

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Shakespeare in April

Four hundred years ago today, William Shakespeare passed away.

April is a month that belongs to the Bard, a significant date is the twenty-third.

Seeing as today, April 23rd, is the four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, I was inspired to break out in verse (well, two lines). He was also born in April (possibly on the same date as that on which he died) and was baptized on the 26th.

The next time you take a walk through the woods or alongside a babbling brook, think of Shakespeare’s play ‘As You Like It‘ (Act II, Scene I – The Forest of Arden)

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 And this, our life, exempt from public haunt

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finds tongues in trees

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books in the running brooks

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sermons in stones

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and good in everything.

William Shakespeare

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Guitars Gently Weeping

I hoped it was a hoax and even scoured the internet after Snopes declared the news as true.

What a loss, what an unbelievable loss. There are many weeping guitars around the globe today. I think this is a very appropriate video to share as a tribute to a great musician. Prince, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and others perform at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions. It’s one of my favourites. A stage full of extraordinary musicians. A Prince among his peers.

‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson.

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Thursday Doors

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Plenty of Thursday Doors on this week’s post, although not all of them are in place. This row of cottages has three different roofs and the center house looks as if it was built as an afterthought, filling in the gap. The green exterior door is in better condition than the rest of the cottage (and its neighbours). I even managed to photograph the interior doors – without putting a foot inside.

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Seven of them lay just inside the entrance pillars, entangled in the briars, their white coats peeling away. The gable end has disappeared beneath the ivy but the facade of the cottages has escaped being smothered – for now.

 

Further along the narrow road another row of cottages are in worse condition. The vine branches are so thick you can tell they’ve been there for a very long time.

I think these small dilapidated cottages once housed families of flour mill workers as there is a big old ruin of a mill on the same road. There’s a planning notice at the entrance, so maybe someone is going to take on the job of renovating and refurbishing. They will certainly have their work cut out for them, as you can see from the following image.

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 For more Thursday Doors check out Norm’s blog, always something of interest there.

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