Thursday Doors – First of 2021

Welcome to the first Thursday Doors post of 2021. Knowing we were in for more travel restrictions I took advantage of the window of opportunity we had in December and paid some visits to family and captured images for my weekly blog, too. This first one is of the Cooley Mountains as seen from Blackrock, County Louth. When I think of the seaside village where I was born this is what always comes to mind, with its ever changing light and colours. I’ve also used it as a setting in a few of my books.

Just a couple of miles up the road is the town of Dundalk, which I’ve featured many times on this blog. On every visit I find something different to photograph.

This is the rear of St. Patrick’s Church (also called a pro cathedral). I’ve featured the front in some previous posts but never the back. It was opened for worship in 1842 but wasn’t completed until much later as work came to a halt during the Great Hunger, resuming in 1860. The church was designed by the architect Thomas Duff, who modeled the interior on Exeter Cathedral and the exterior on King’s College Chapel, both located in England. My grandmother often sang solo there at the request of Michael Van Dessel, a famous organist in Ireland in her day. In the 1920’s he settled in Dundalk when he was offered permanent employment as organist in St. Patrick’s. It was at a time when Belgium was in ruins after the first world war and the churches there could not afford to pay wages to their organists. Van Dessel was not only famous for his playing of church music. He wrote many lovely pieces for his own choir, which was made up of talented local singers.

Not too far from St. Patrick’s (you can see it in the distance in this image) is the main indoor shopping area or mall. Although it’s fairly new, the style is in keeping with the older architecture of the town and blends in very well.

There are also old buildings with new additions. It’s nice when the original has been preserved, as I prefer the older part myself.

Just before the sun went down I took a photo of the main street in Blackrock, as the lights were coming on.

This bar is managing to keep a little bit of business going by serving take-away tea and coffee at a time when many hospitality businesses are struggling to stay afloat.

Recently, some new street art has been added to the town of Dundalk in the form of local sayings. When I get a chance to travel again, I’ll take some photos of them but in the meantime here’s one I managed to capture from the car as we drove by. It’s a good one to end this post on as I am well and truly ‘away’ now.

It was lovely to have you with me for my first blog post of the year. Dan has a great mix of Thursday Doors over on his blog, with links to some more first posts of 2021 from around the world.

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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38 Responses to Thursday Doors – First of 2021

  1. Pingback: Thursday Doors – First of 2021 β€” Jean Reinhardt | homethoughtsfromabroad626

  2. Sheree says:

    I’m not sure how long my stock of doors will last either

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    Wonderful post, Jean. I love the historic buildings, the cathedral and the new buildings that respect the history in many ways. I have to squeeze some quick trips in, in case they close up our travel. It’s not like I ever see anyone while photographing doors, but they do make all encompassing rules. Thanks for getting out there and stocking up πŸ™‚

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  4. Glad you could get out, Jean. I think as of today, Arizona has the worst Covid numbers in the U.S, a record I could well do without…along with the record for most days in a row over 110 degrees (F) this summer. 😦 However, I can at least get out and walk without being near people, even if I walk in our neighborhood, so that’s a blessing. Not many interesting doors here, though, as many have outer screen doors with screens against the sun, which makes sense but isn’t helpful for TD. πŸ™‚ Anyway, a happy, healthy 2021 to you and yours.


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    • We are the same here, small town so not many people about when we go for a walk. We have a couple of inches of snow at the moment and it looks pretty which is nice, even though it’s cold. Hopefully a good year lies ahead for you all, Janet.


  5. Junie-Jesh says:

    Happy New Year Jean. Hope this year will treat you well. Being back in the suburbs is so much busier with the holidays – have to get used to that again, and my blogging suffered – can’t even remember when I wrote you last. Hope you were able to visit your family! This year was one without family, but together with long time friends from the past, which was great too! You found many buildings in Dundalk. I have always love big cathedrals – and this one is beautiful!

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    • That’s great that you could catch up with old friends. We got to spend a few days with all of our grandchildren so I’m happy about that. Hopefully spring will bring better days for us all πŸ™‚


  6. slfinnell says:

    I admire those with good singing voices! And that’s why I only play an instrument in a nutshell. lol Here’s to hoping the little businesses hang in there! Tough times.

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  7. dennyho says:

    The rear photo of the church/cathedral is gorgeous. Happy New Year Jean.

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  8. sjhigbee says:

    A very Happy New Year to your, Jean – let’s hope the coming one is better than 2021! And a lovely selection of doors… thank you:))

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  9. Teresa says:

    I think all of us are doing the same thing. when allowed, grab the opportunity to go around and take photos. This is a beautiful country town you have here, Jean!

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  10. A beautiful town, Jean.
    I love the pictures taken at sunset time best πŸ™‚

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  11. marianallen says:

    Love that “ghost door” in the photo above the sunset. The sunset was magnificent!

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  12. Natalie says:

    Happy New Year, Jean. This looks like a lovely town to stroll and look around. Thank you for sharing your story and photos. I’m visiting from Thursday Doors.

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  13. Ally Bean says:

    This is a beautiful set of photos. What a pretty clean town. I love how the back door of St. Patrick’s Church is fancy– fancier than most church front doors around here!

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  14. Jennie says:

    This is a wonderful doors post, Jean. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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  16. What interesting buildings, Jean. and I loved reading about your family connection to the church. Did your grandmother’s talent for singing pass down to you?

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