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Thursday, March 21, 2024

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2024, a selection of images:



                         Further images to follow . . . when I sort out the ref. number sequencing!

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

Friday, March 8, 2024

A quatrain from the writings of Omár Khayyám

 Edward Fitzgerald, translator of the 11th century Iranian poem - the Rubáiyát of Omár Khayyám - was born in 1809 in Suffolk, UK.  He was the third son of Mary Frances Fitzgerald (1755-1855 approx.) of Waterford castle and her first cousin John Purcell. Later he assumed his mother's surname.

He studied Spanish and Persian languages, the latter enabling him to translate the work of Omár Khayyám, but some verses he re-wrote differently simply to please himself.  The subject matter was mainly about love, death, the existence of God and an afterlife. He was also interested in Astronomy, Philosophy and Mathematics.  

He died suddenly on June 14th 1883. So popular was the Rubáiyát that Omár Khayyám clubs sprang up all over the U.K. and even in North America!  There is much to read about him and the Rubáiyát online.

Link to Waterford castle website: 

The snow image from:  Creative Commons:  By Emmanuel Boutet 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Mobile Phone Tower near Clonagam, Portlaw

 Two weeks after my most-used lens having developed a problem, I settled for an older short- zoom lens and was glad to be able at last to photograph this subject. Was glad to get out for a while also following a cough lasting almost three weeks.  Presumably much wiring has still to be done before the All-Together-Now music festival starts. 

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Mayfield House, Portlaw:

                                                                                                                                                             Mayfield House, the once beautiful home of the Malcomson family, founders of the adjacent cotton mill. Purchased some time ago with the idea of converting it into a first-class hotel, the project now seems to be in doubt according to rumours circulating (unverified).  An infestation of Japanese Knotweed is being blamed.  (This image given a half page in the Feb. issue of Carrick's THREE COUNTIES magazine). 

Friday, January 12, 2024

Once-abandoned cottage

 Am glad to say the building has since been restored and is now lived in!

Monday, January 8, 2024

Burncourt Castle, County Tipperary.

 The castle, just outside Burncourt village, was built by Sir Richard Everard in 1641 who joined the Catholic Confederates the following year.  He himself, it is believed, burnt down the building in 1650 to prevent it falling into the hands of  Cromwellian troops. Captured by Cromwell's son-in-law, General Ireton, while defending the city of Limerick during that famous siege in 1651, he was hanged shortly afterwards. The Everard family had some connection with Fethard, Co. Tipperary,  also (?).