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Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Day in February

Looking towards the Comeraghs yesterday,
February 10th.

Just a light snowfall on the mountains, but bitterly cold,
and a blazing fire, obviously, in the lodge on the right!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Portlaw People - 135 years ago!

From a Portlaw & Fiddown section
in an 1881 Directory:

Ardagh, Mr. Robert, Pouldrew.
Bessborough, The Earl of, Bessborough.
Blackett, Mr. John,, Belline.
Ferguson. Rev. David, Portlaw.
Forde, Rev. George H., Portlaw.
Gough, Rev. - , Portlaw.
Hamilton, Captain William, Fiddown.
James, Mr. John, Suir view, Portlaw.
Malcomson, Mrs. F., Clodagh.
Malcomson, George P. Esq., Woodlock.
Malcomson, Wm. Esq., Milfod House.
Medlycott, John Thomas Esq. J.P., Rockett Castle.
Morley, Cornelius Esq. J.P., Springfield House.
Neville, Captain -, Springfield.
Neville, Rev. Richard B., Coolfin House, Portlaw.
Walsh, Mr. John, Fanningstown.
Waterford, the Most Noble the Marquis of, Curraghmore.

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Further excerpts from this directory will follow later!

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Today at 2.04 pm, Feb. 6th, 2016,
the number of pageviews at this site exceeded 123,456!

Viewers to date came from 107 countries!


A series of four images from 'ancient' Portlaw

Detail from a Portlaw engraving of 1869, kindly donated by a local lady,
who does not wish to be named.
Guess location! 

 A further image in this series:-

Still another portion of the original:-

The final image in the series, showing the fulll engraving:-

The legend underneath, on the original, says:
"From a sketch by W.S. Black, Staff Surgeon" (!). 

Monday, February 1, 2016

An tEarrach agus Lá 'le Bríde

Anois teacht an earraigh,
Beidh an lá ag dul chun sineadh,
Is tar éis na féil Bríde
Ardóidh mé mo sheol.

Now coming of the spring,
The day will be lengthening,
And after St. Bridget’s Day,
I shall raise my sail.

(as “Cill Aodáin” le Antoine Ó Reachtabhra [Raftery ‘an File’] 1779-1835)

Camellias photographed today, St. Bridget's/Brighid's Day, February 1st 2016, in a Portlaw garden.