Category Archives: Leisure

Historical Magazine

It could be a magnificent augmentation, to the already significant tourist value of Dublin’s beautiful Phoenix Park, but it currently languishes within the half sleep of near dereliction; I am of course referring to the Magazine Fort, which sits atop … Continue reading

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Drawing on the Marathon History of the Phoenix Park

What do Irish Marathon Runners and Irish Artists have in common? Well, apart from the fact that a Marathon Runner can be an Artist and an Artist can be a Marathon Runner they do have something else in common; from … Continue reading

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Stationary Grandeur

Standing resplendent, beside Dublin’s river Liffey, at a point where St.John’s Road West meets Victoria Quay, is the magnificent Heuston Station Building. Formerly known as Kingsbridge Station, the front of this impressive structure was designed in 1846 by English Architect … Continue reading

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Longueville House – Old World Grandeur Discovered

While recently touring in North County Cork about 6km from Mallow, we happened upon a country mansion of particular charm and elegance. It was time for morning coffee and scones (hopefully), so what better surroundings we thought to complement that … Continue reading

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Another Day – Another Milestone

It was a pleasant 22°c, and sunshine to boot, as I headed off earlier this morning to garner some welcome fresh air and walking exercise, in Dublin’s beautiful Phoenix Park. People are free to ramble almost everywhere within the park. … Continue reading

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The Calming of Chesterfield

I could see grey sky through the kitchen window earlier this morning and tiny rain drops occasionally sticking to its outside surface on this 23rd day of June 2012. It was pleasantly warm though, so the question was:  should I, … Continue reading

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Gastronomically Speaking

One day recently, with the sun splitting the rocks, I started my morning from 8am spending three consecutive hours cooped up in a premises on Dublin’s Harcourt Street. From a vantage point, in a generously windowed room on the buildings … Continue reading

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A Towering Place

Folly, Clock Tower or Bell Tower are all terms I have so often heard used to describe the impressive sky line candy which suddenly looms into one’s field of vision at a strategic point along Tower Road in Dublin 15. … Continue reading

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Observing Nature

This morning, for the first time in my observation since we moved here over thirty one years ago, a particular drama of nature was played out in our back garden, I was lucky enough to have a ring side seat … Continue reading

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One of our own: Arthur Wellesley

Born on 1st May 1769 at 6 Merrion Street Dublin, young Arthur was destined for great things. He was the fourth son in a family of five sons born to Garret Wesley and Anne Hill-Trevor. Arthur attended school at Trim, … Continue reading

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