Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Scarlet Pimpernel is back!!!

Keeping an eye on a single Scarlet Pimpernel plant in the Tower Hill area for a number of years, It disappeared completely last year and did not appear either this year. Then, yesterday, on viewing an area about fifteen metres from the same location, lo and behold, there was a number of clumps of this tiny but beautiful wildflower. They had appeared where two years ago approx. some people from Coillte had bulldozed an area where lots of rubbish was dumped inside the wall going N.W along the road from Clonagam church.  Obviously they had sprang up from seeds which lay dormant for very many years.


Dumping in this area has now reached epidemic proportions. Within the last week, a trailer-load of household rubbish was dumped over the wall here, and yesterday within an hour of travelling up the Clonagam road and back, a sackfull of bottles etc. was dumped ON THE ROADSIDE at one of the entrances to the forestry area. Do these people not know that there is a bottle bank much nearer, at the GAA field. Where are the new surveillance cameras we were told of during the past year???

Addendum Friday, May 12th '17:

Within hours of posting the above item yesterday, I was once more walking in the Clonagam area, when what did I see but another trailer-load of rubbish, just 3 or 4 metres from the above Scarlet Pimpernel plant. This time the rubbish consisted of what almost certainly looked like the crap from a dogs run ( large plastic container full of it),some corrugated galvanised and perspex roof panels and some chipboard . . . obviously the contents of a dogs kennels.  Presumably the poor dog had died in appalling conditions!

If you are aware of who done this, or any other dumping, why not contact the City & County Council?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Warm Weather Arrives!

After cold and windy weather for some weeks,
the warm weather arrived in earnest on Sunday last,
with top temperature of over 22 degrees Celsius in part of County Mayo.


Here at the junction of Queen St. and William St., enjoying the sunshine were:

L. to R:  'Doc' Morrissey, Ann Laffan and Johnny Crotty.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

An April Day 2017

                                                                                                                                                    Curraghmore and the Comeragh mountains looking great 
on one of April's many sunny days, but bitterly cold, and some sleet falling
minutes after this view from
Tower Hill cottages. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Seachtain na Páise 2017


Signs of Easter are to be found everywhere right now, but especially in our supermarkets and in the literature they are clogging up our letter-boxes with   . . . and not a religious symbol to be seen anywhere on such; just eggs of every description, chicks, rabbits, and offers with the titles - Easter Food, Easter Recipes, Easter Wines, Easter Flowers, Easter Specials, Easter Egg Hunts, Cocoa for Easter, Easter Hen Decorations, Easter Colouring Pages for Children and more. The only surprising offer with a real Easter connection seems to be the one entitled, 'Good Friday Fish'!!! Just like Christmas, where the real reason for the festival has almost disappeared in favour of Santa Claus and expensive presents, the true story of Easter is also rapidly disappearing.

(A high percentage of Dublin houses have a sign over their letter-boxes stating -    NO JUNK MAIL!)                                                                                                                                                                         
However, it was nice to see a much larger attendance than on usual Saturdays at our Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday this year, and a larger choir than usual with some new faces.  Congrats to all concerned!.


Christ before Pontius Pilate.
part of a window at Fourmilewater church, Co. Waterford. 


Upper section of a window at Lahardane, Co. Mayo.


The window above (upper portion of overall window) from the church in the small village of Lahardane (aka Lahardaun), Co. Mayo, must surely be one of the finest depicting the Crucifixion in any church in the country, and a wonderful example of Irish stained glass art.  


Lower section of a window at Lahardane.


The extremely tall window, obscured partly by furniture, had to be photographed from an acute angle from the side, and in two stages. Fortunaterly, using computers, such problems can usually be overcome, but two separate images had to be accepted. A search for the artist’s name brought a pleasant surprise. It was none other than James Cox, a native of Rooskey, who spent most of his life, from the age of fifteen, working for Myles Kearney & Sons, Ranelagh, Dublin.  This was a branch of the Waterford City business which bears the same name.  The Kearney family were natives of Portlaw. There is also a great window depicting St. Patrick in the same church by the same team.

Lahardane has a lot more to tell, but not with a Portlaw connection. Nevertheless, it’s of such historic interest, I will put it online later. 




The Empty Tomb by stained glass artist, Evie Hone (1894-1955)
at St. Mac|Cullin's Church, Lusk, Co. Dublin, which I had the pleasure of seeing on
Easter Saturday last.
This is the lower portion of a memorial window to the Dodd family.



The upper portion of the same window,
depicting The Risen Christ.

-   OOOoOOO   -

The same evening,
I headed for the Hill of Slane, Counrty Meath,
to see the annual Paschal Fire ceremonyy here.
This we also witnessed three years previously.










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JAPANESE KNOTWEED, once again!

On the lookout for new photographic subjects and re-visiting old ones in recent days in the Blackwater Valley area, I came across the sign underneath at a lay-by beside the stream known as - ‘Abha na Séad’ (River of the Jewels).


About ten other people were there, including some children, enjoying this little-known beauty spot, where two streams meet. One lady was overheard saying – “They must be rare plants with a conservation order on them. They’d probably look lovely in my garden, but I’d better abide with the wording on the notice”. I was not surprised at her attitude, the signs being so poorly worded. However, I explained the dangers of uprooting or cutting such plants, possibly the most invasive non-native plants in the country.
On the riverbank, no less than two such signs were in situ, where there are only two small colonies of the plants, as opposed to the Coolroe area of Portlaw, where they grow in profusion by the roadside in two areas with no warning signs.  Now coming into leaf, apart from the environmental damage that will happen, they will soon become a serious traffic hazard at a dangerous bend (where the Solar Panel s Farm notice is currently displayed).

The Coolroe problem has previously been well explained on this site (October 29th 2016). Three emails to the Council Environment Dept. didn’t even bring an acknowledgement of receipt. Are any of our many councillors out there looking in???  Over to you!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

SOLAR PANELS 'FARM'

A new planning permission application notice 
is now on display at the site in Coolroe townland on the uphill drive to Clonagam church:



Let's hope the application is successful;
anything but nuclear power.
Simultaneously, it will surely mean an end to the vast amount of Japanese Knotweed
growing along the roadside in the area, which  our environmental dept seems to have no interest in,
and which also has been a serious traffic hazard for years.
The largest solar panel farm I've seen to date can be visited at
CLOUGHJORDAN ECO VILLAGE
in North Tipperary.
There may well be others in the country.
Check out:  www.thevillage.ie

A single left-click on the image will show an enlarged copy.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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