Thursday Doors from Virginia


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 hasย 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 writtenย 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 atย 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.



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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48 Responses to Thursday Doors from Virginia

  1. Jim says:

    Wow! I was going to ask if “The Donald” allowed you in but not I’m more worried about him allowing me out next year.

    Nice post and pics.

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  2. ianbcross says:

    Very pleasant selection of doors, Jean.

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  3. Mel & Suan says:

    Funny there are same names around the world isn’t it? Someone from Holland tried to fly to Sydney and ended in arctic Canada instead!

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  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love the last red door. It looks like it was scaled down from a much larger door, but the skeletons are still there!
    I admit I blinked when I saw the title of this post, thinking you had spirited your way into the US looking for an impromptu door hunt ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. conspicari says:

    Great set of doors and words, Virginia looks a lovely little town. I really have to visit Ireland :>)

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    • The population has dramatically increased in recent years, because it has become a commuter town to Dublin. Property isn’t so expensive in Virginia, yet a little over an hour’s drive will have you in the capitol.

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Yes you had me wondering about your travels as well. The last red door and the blue are my faves.
    Fascinating info about Swift. Thank goodness his uncle was willing and able to take care of his education. You have to wonder how many potential great young writers, doctors, professors, scientists…etc, the world has missed out on because unfortunate circumstances prevented them from achieving their full potential.
    Wonderful post Jean ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • That’s so true, Norm. It’s why I feel so strongly about people having the opportunity to become literate if they are unable to read or write. So many doors are closed to them and yet they are often the smartest people you could meet.

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  7. msgt3227 says:

    We have a Virginia, Illinois, near me (half hour drive away). Our Virginia is the seat of Cass County, and just about half the size of your Virginia! I think your Virginia has better doors, especially the one for super tall folks (re: door pic #1)….

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  8. I had no idea you had a Virginia in Ireland. I thought you might be in or had been in the US.

    That first door has quite the step non? ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope there’s a sign inside alerting anyone who wants to open the door.

    Great history and selection of doors!

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  9. joanfrankham says:

    i came across a high door like your first one in Co. Kerry one time, i think it once was a barn over another building, otherwise we had giants roaming around!

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  10. jesh stg says:

    Am smiling, because everywhere you go you manage to find red doors! Am thinking of a nick name for you, but it will be hard to find a fitting one, since you’re literary so much more versed than I. Will come back later, to read your text:)

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  11. Love the red and blue doors plus the literary lesson. And, if you can capture that last photo as hubby is putting the pedal to the metal, I applaud your skills and your camera. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    Looks like a charming little village with quite a claim to fame.

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  13. joey says:

    You know I love me some red doors! I really admire the different stone and brick in the buildings and the fence about halfway through. That’s so charming. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. jesh stg says:

    Always have loved his name. Do you know why he only wrote parts of Gulliver’s Travels (was it because he died, before finishing the book?) wow, he had a difficult life (I know someone who had Meniere’s disease – it is a quite debilitating), but was also extremely smart! Thank you for this interesting background!

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  15. Pistachios says:

    I just found out recently there’s a little town called Dublin in South Australia. And there’s a town called Texas somewhere around here too!
    I like that first red door that kinda leads to nowhere. Well, ok, I like all the red doors ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  16. Dan Antion says:

    Let’s see, I love stone buildings. I love brick work like the window framing, I like red doors, I like blue doors and I love learning about history – total success, Jean!

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  17. I think I prefer your Virginia to the one in the states. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. sydspix says:

    I lived for 20 years in Virginia in the USA and I never saw such interesting doors! Enjoyed the photos – it looks like a lovely place to visit.

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  19. pattimoed says:

    Great background info on Swift. And Great doors too.

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  20. I guess he wrote bits of at various places he might be staying, like a lot of writers do. Thank you, Dan. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Enjoyed the photos – it looks like a lovely place to visit. And Great doors too.

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