Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Popular Name:  Tutsan.
Scientific Name:  Hypericum androsaemum.
Gaeilge:  Meas torc allta.
Family:  Hypericaceae.

 Overall view of one plant.

This bushy, semi-evergreen shrub can be seen in a number of places on the right hand side of the road to Clonagam/Clonegam church, about 100 metres on the Portlaw side of the top of hill. The foliage, flowers and berries are extremely colourful and attractive, but be careful if you have children in the area, as the berries are POISONOUS!

I have been watching this plant closely for many years and have noticed that it is spreading from what was originally a single plant. The berries are now between the unripe and ripe stage, and some already have turned from green to black.

Very colourful foliage, flowers and berries. 

Some berries already turning black. 

The popular St. John's Worth is a member of this family - Hypericaceae.

WARNING once more:  Berries are POISONOUS!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Wheat in plenty, on both sides of avenue north-west, Curraghmore,
is now approaching the ripening stage.

As in most cornfields, an 'intruder' can be seen occasionally;
barley in this case.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Picture from the Past

A postcard showing the Bridge, Presbyterian Manse, etc from circa 1905.

The postcard by Lawrence of Dublin, kindly loaned by a local person, showed considerable 'wear and tear' which had to be attended to. The scene is of much interest, as it shows a house on the right side which has been replaced some years ago by a building to do with waterworks on the adjacent Clódagh river.
A lady, wearing white clothes, and a gentleman in dark attire with a walking stick, could be seen on the left side of the house's gable-end when the original was greatly enlarged on computer.
The title on bottom left of the card was somewhat blurred in the original.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Having been away for about ten days, I may have missed visitors from other 'new' countries.
Statistics must be checked daily, if one wishes to record same. Visitors from at least 107 countries to date, but others may have been missed due to records for the first 6 months having 'disappeared' in 2011!!!
Quite a number of pieces of historical ephemera to upload,
but am awaiting scanner repairs.

(Difficult to read?  A single left-click on the illustration will show a larger copy!)

Addendum - 12th June 2016:
We are pleased to note from statistics of yesterday, our very first visitor from
 I R A Q ! 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Winter Sunshine

A pleasant blast of sunshine at Curraghmore
on January 18th last (2016),
with distant Cruachán on top left and Comeraghs on top right. 

Young Lovers!

Evening at the estuary, Malahide, Co. Dublin, May 14th, 2016.

Having failed to put this image on my Flickr pages,
I'm now posting it here, in order that the young Ashbourne couple
who are featured in the picture can see it, 
as they have the address of this website also.
Pictured at the Malahide estuary last Saturday evening, a great place to see sunsets.
This time I was just two or three minutes from having the sun itself
in the picture!
I also managed to creep up on the bird to the left of the boat,
a heron, and got a reasonably good shot of him/her. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Portlaw Greenery

                                                                                                                                                              The vivid greens of early summer,
now to be seen all around Curraghmore estate.