Thursday Doors

This week’s Thursday Doors post is made up of photographs taken from the car as we made our way through Dublin City, so please excuse the quality.

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The Dominican Priory of St. Saviour’s in Dublin was first founded in 1224 on the site today occupied by the Four Courts (Ireland’s main courts building). The present church was designed by J.J. McCarthy and opened in 1862.

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Below is a less fortunate door belonging to this sad little building. There are so many old properties in the city that unless it has significant historical connections, I doubt it will be preserved.

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One house that is sure to be kept in good condition is the three story red-brick across the James Joyce Bridge in the image below. You can just about see the door in its arched entrance (my next shot was taken a lot closer but the car swung right and the image was blurred, sorry). Not to worry, the video I’ve posted will give you an even better view of the the house, including the inside.

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The James Joyce ‘House of the Dead’ at 15 Usher’s Island, Dublin City, was the setting of Joyce’s famous  16,000 word short story The Dead (made into a movie in 1997 by John Huston). It’s the last story in Joyce’s book  Dubliners He was a regular visitor there in the 1890’s as it was the home of his great-aunts. They were his inspiration for The Dead’s music-teaching Morkan sisters. Many of his childhood Christmases were spent there. The building officially dates from 1760 but the foundations are a lot older.

In this video, Brendan Kilty, storyteller and owner of the property, gives a fascinating account of the history of the building, which has roundabout connections to the Duke of Wellington and even Australia’s famous Irish outlaw, Ned Kelly.

On this day, November 10th 1926, James Joyce received news about the suicide of his brother-in-law, Frantisek Schaurek. Apparently, Frantisek had been embezzling money from the bank where he worked as a cashier. He met Eileen Joyce while taking English lessons from her brother, James, and they married in Trieste in 1915, where they set up home and went on to have three children.

Eileen was in Dublin at the time of her husband’s death and James Joyce couldn’t bring himself to give such bad news to his sister, when she paid him a visit in Paris on her way back to Trieste. By the time she arrived home, Frantisek had already been buried but as she hadn’t seen his body, Eileen refused to believe he was dead. His corpse was exhumed in order to convince her and she collapsed. She remained in Trieste, living with her brother Stanislaus Joyce, eventually moving to Ireland with her children in March 1928.

I hope you enjoyed this Thursday Doors post. Thanks for stopping by. You’ll find some more doors from around the world on Norm’s blog when you hit the blue link at the end of his post.

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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25 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Great history and doors! You’re really talented getting such good images from a moving car! I am not so good at that.

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    These shots are better than any I’ve taken from a car. Nicely done, especially adding the background and historical tidbits 🙂

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    As already mentioned, you did very well from a moving car. I would have been tempted to include the blurry one 🙂

    I enjoy knowing the history, so thanks for including that. The boarded-up door is so sad looking, but it’s a great photo.

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    • Unfortunately, there are a lot more boarded up doors like that around the capitol, Dan. This statement was reported in the media last year; ‘Dublin landowners who allow buildings and sites to fall into dereliction face compulsory purchase of their property under a Dublin City Council crackdown on derelict sites.’ It was to come into action this year but I’m not sure it has been fully implemented yet. Time will tell.

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  4. jesh stg says:

    That’s a beautiful door (the first one), Jean. also love the color! In the years we lived in Los Angeles and made the 7 hours journey a few times a year to visit our kids in Sacramento, I had plenty of opportunity to take shots while hubby drove. Am fairly good at it on straight roads, but here the roads are so bumpy and windy, am glad when a few are not blurry, lol!
    And a horrible history…

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  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    My experience taking photos through a car isn’t as good as your’s … but I do relate to the part about taking LOTS of photos hoping that one or two are good enough to share 😉

    The video was very interesting – especially the part about jam jars as the ‘poor man’s china’. That was my childhood!! In fact there were 3 marmalade containers that had survived from the early 50s that I took after my mom passed away.
    Sadly, in spite of surviving several decades with my mom, I managed to break 2 shortly after I got them. Only one now remains and as funny as it might sound, I consider it a treasure.

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    • That last jam jar of your mother’s is definitely a treasure now that it’s the only one remaining. I remember my husband’s grandfather, who grew up in the tenements of inner city Dublin telling me about how the children drank their tea out of jam jars. I recently saw jam jars with handles and lids with holes that could take a straw, being sold in a discount shop as a novelty item.

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      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Whenever I go to a flea market or antique place, I check to see if I can find more of those marmalade jars. So far, I’ve been coming up empty.
        It’s hard to explain sometimes why a particular item from our childhood holds such special memories.

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  6. Jay says:

    What a cool tour!

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  7. inesephoto says:

    Enjoyed your post, Jean. James Joyce is one of my favorite writers.

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  8. jorgekafkazar says:

    Always a pleasure to see you’ve posted something, Jean. Thanks!

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  9. Glad to read that you weren’t driving, Jean. 🙂 That sad little door caught my attention the most. There’s something infinitely sad about boarded up, unused, a/o dilapidated buildings.

    janet

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  10. Candy says:

    Thanks for the tour! 🙂

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  11. Ali Isaac says:

    Very interesting about James Joyce. I’ve just read the first story from the Dubliners for my English class, I really like his style.

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