Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The EMO connection . . .

The village of EMO, in County Laois ( from the Irish IOMA, which I can't find a translation for), is situated a few miles N.E. of Portlaoise, on the road to Portarlington. 

The village grew up around the estate called EMO COURT, founded in the late 1700s by the then Earl of Portarlington.  The estate in those days consisted of thousands of acres of land. The 3rd Earl, Henry Dawson-Damer, donated the site for the village's Gothic R.C. church, Saint Paul's, completed in 1870 approx. 


We noticed the above plaque on an entrance gate pillar while driving by one day at Easter last.  






The church's fine interior includes some beautiful stained glass windows, especially that over the altar, depicting the Last Supper, also one depicting Mary Magdalene washing the feet of Jesus



   


In addition, there's this fine 'Pieta' on left inside the main door.




Main attraction, however, must surely be a life-size Carrara marble monument by the famous sculptor, Joseph Boehm, which was commissioned by Lord Portarlington in 1875 in memory of his wife, Lady Alexandrina, better known as Aline.   




Further text and images to follow!

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Third Day of Summer . . .


Looking towards the Comeraghs, with the highest point, Knockanaffrin, left of centre, and 'The Gap' nearer to left.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Handmade Quilt for Auction


A Fundraising  Table Quiz for the Dr Martin Day Centre will be held  in the Cotton Mill Portlaw on next Friday the 23rd of March at 8.15 pm. A table of 4  is 20 Euro or 5 Euro per person and also a raffle for some great prizes. On the night we will also hold an Auction for a beautiful handmade patchwork quilt. After the quiz we will have music by D.J. Alan;  so please come along to support this excellent service for the older members of our community to raise badly needed funds.

Cards every Tuesday night at 8pm in the Dr Martin Centre; all welcome come along; cash prizes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

DAFFODILS . . .

Taken about a week ago, it's life, and that of many others, was short lived,
due to the weight of the recent snow 


Fortunately, all nearby miniature ones survived!

-    oooOooo    -

I am pleased to say I was able to visit places associated with
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
while on a holiday in Cumbria a short few years ago.
More about that another time.



Sunday, March 4, 2018

THREE DAYS LATER . ..

Three days after the heavier snowfall of Wednesday, February 28th and Thursday, March 1st:  


Marion O'Neill & Breda Gorman enjoying a walk in Malcomson Square,
after being house-bound for some days.


The former Mayfield House and Tannery Lodge.


Malcomson Square


Malcomson Square


The Green Island bridge abutment, with St. Patrick's Church at centre top.


St. Patrick's Church from |Bridge Street.


The river-side walk.


Mallard on the riverside walk, anticipating food.



PAGEVIEWS to date

                     
                                                                                                                                                        Shortly before midnight last night, March 3rd (2018), the number of page-views on this site passed the 200,000 mark, and from six months after the launching of this website they came from 130 countries. All statistics  for the previous six months were lost in a computer crash. These records have to be viewed daily and recorded.

In the last seven days, page-views from the top ten countries were as follows:

Canada - 197;  Ireland - 187; Ukraine - 128;  Russia - 106;  USA - 57;  China - 14; U.K. - 12;  Germany - 7;  Australia - 4 and France - 4.

Browsers used during past week were as follows:
Google Chrome - 50%;  Internet Explorer - 21%;  Firefox - 15%;  Safari - 7%  Opera - 1 % and Bing Preview - 1%.  Other browsers at less  than 1%.  These statistics vary considerably from the statistics for 'all time', when Internet Explorer was the most popular browser @ 31%,  Chrome @ 29% and Firefox @ 23%.

These statistics, and even more, are all available to the site owner at the press of a few buttons!
The ever-changing page-views counter can always be seen near bottom right side of the opening page.  

The graphic accompanying this 'post' shows Clonagam Church early on December 21st, 2012. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018