No, I haven’t taken a flight to America for this week’s Thursday Doors, unlike Virginia in the US, this town in county Cavan is a wee bit smaller. It does have nice red doors, though, and some lovely arches.
That one might be a bit too high up for me but here’s a red entrance that looks inviting.
There are lots of lovely stone buildings around the town and some of the old walls have been repaired and brought back to their former glory.
This post will have all you red door lovers drooling. I can’t wait to go back and find some more – they were everywhere.
But to avoid being biased, I’ve included a nice blue door, too.
Virginia in Cavan has a connection with ‘little people’ which is a nice follow-on from last week’s ‘fairy doors’ post. It was in Quilca House, not too far from the town, that Jonathan Swift, Irish writer and clergyman, wrote parts of the novel Gulliver’s Travels, and introduced the literary world to his six-inch tall Lilliputians. The book was a great success, and hasn’t been out of print since its first run. Much of the story-line points to historical events during an era of intense political turmoil in Swift’s lifetime. It is a classic of English literature and his best known full-length work. He claimed to have written Gulliver’s Travels; “to vex the world rather than divert it“.
Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin in 1667. His father was an attorney who died just two months before his birth. Without a steady income, his mother struggled to provide for her newborn son, who was a sickly infant. It was later discovered that he suffered from Meniere’s Disease, a condition of the inner ear that causes nausea and hearing loss. Swift’s mother put him in the care of Godwin Swift, her late husband’s brother, who took care of his nephew’s education. He attended Trinity College from the age of 14 as an undergraduate and received a BA degree in 1686, then began studying for his Master’s. However, political unrest broke out in Ireland and his mother found a position for him in England as secretary to the English statesman, Sir William Temple, for whom he ran political errands for ten years. You can read more about the life of Jonathan Swift at Biography.com. He died in 1745 and was laid to rest next to his beloved Esther Johnson inside Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Here’s one last door before we leave the town of Virginia. I love how the bay windows mirror the roof of this house. Sorry the quality isn’t too good but when we passed the speed limit of 50 kph on leaving the town, Mr. R. put the foot down and the result was a slight blurring of my shot.
Why not pay a visit to Canada now, and see what kind of Thursday Doors Norm has posted on his blog? From there you can find doors from all over the world by following the blue ‘frog’ link.