Partners – Weekly Photo Challenge

You can’t have one without the ……. oth…er!

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The Kilmachthomas Viaduct, part of The Waterford Greenway

I’ve always loved stone viaducts, the engineering and manpower involved has always been mind blowing to me. The whole bridge is is held up by these pillars working together, what a partnership. So what does this great structure carry? It must be important? Oh yes, it’s a cycle path!

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The Irish Question – What will Brexit mean for us?

For years England referred to Ireland as the Irish Question. This was only a question in England, because Ireland knew the answer, we were Irish and you just have to accept it. Admittedly it took a long time but it eventually got through to England that we didn’t need an imperial over lord and we could run our own affairs.

So what is the problem with the U.K. leaving the European Union? Who knows, it has never happened before, but it is very different from getting a bully out of your life. Who knows a couple who separated or divorced, only to find that they were the problem not the partner?

Colapsing

A metaphor for the UK

Will the U.K. collapse? Who cares, they made their bed, they will have to learn to live in it, as long as they don’t start a domino effect and bring the rest of us with them.

So what have we learnt from this process? When you are in a hole stop digging. A few years ago David Cameron was in a hole with the general election, and thought he was going to loose his job. He offers a referendum to try and save himself. So a couple of years later what has he got? A lot of heart ache, no job and a country that is the opposite of a united kingdom. Was it worth it? Not in my book, but what do I know I’m Irish.

To finish I would like to tell you a poem that my Father-in-Law told me about India when they were going through their independence problems with England. I have rephrased it to refer to Ireland.

Ireland was old Ireland when England was but a pup,

Ireland will be old Ireland when England is buggered up.

Between Two and Three No Shelter Be

In my last post,  before I was sidetracked, I spoke about the sinking of the Seahorse and the events of the 30th January 1816. So what happened next?

The Hook Lighthouse has stood at the end of the Hook Peninsula for 800 years, marking the entrance to the River Suir and the safe route up to Waterford City. For many years ships still mistook Tramore Bay for the mouth of the river. Following the Seahorse tragedy, it was agreed something else had to be done.

Lloyds of London funded the building of of the towers either side of Tramore bay, to try and stop the number  of  ships being lost in the area. They were completed in 1823, with the Metal Man standing at Westown, pointing out to sea. He is dressed in the uniform of an English sailor of the Nepolionic era.

Did it stop the loss of life? Well, no. Two  local stonemasons fell while building the towers, and a painter also lost his life. What about the ships? Again,no. 24 ships were lost in Tramore Bay in the 10 years up to 1830.

What more could they do, give the Metal Man a story? Good idea. All sailors travelling through the are were told the tales, in the hope that they would be warned off. “Between two and three, no shelter be” was often repeated to try and hammer home to ships to keep away from Tramore Bay. My favourite story is if you get too close to the shore you can hear the wind howling around the towers, and the Metal Man cries out a warning:

Keep out, keep out, good ships from me, for I am the rock of misery