Chess Set, Cathedral Square, Waterford.
I’ve used this chess set before, sorry about that, but I think it is great.
The picture was taken through a frame created by a memorial to John Condon “The Boy Soldier”. He died at the second battle of Ypres, during the First World War, at the age of 14. John Condon was recorded as “The youngest known battle casualty of the war” and has the most visited war grave in Belgium. He grew up in Wheelbarrow Lane in Waterford.
Blue sky! In Ireland! OK, not as rare as you might think, but rare enough for everybody to take a picture of it when it happens. This was taken in Tramore, County Waterford, in the Sunny South East of Ireland, on what my Great Aunt would have called “A good drying day”.
Blue sky, Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Everybody’s idea of fun is different. One person’s idea of party poppers and balloons, would be another’s idea of a nightmare. Well, this is my youngest son, never happier than when he walks deeper than the height of his boots.
Fun, is walking on the beach in winter
We only live up the road from the beach, so we just take him home and send him to the bathroom.
Early Morning. The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland
If you are going to cycle the Wild Atlantic Way, and you want to do the path along the Cliffs of Moher, take some advice. Go really early in the morning! This was taken at about 7am this morning, long before the coach parties arrived (and also before the fun police).
It really is a cliff edge path (and, my first ever selfie)
So, it’s a great way to spend the morning. But a word of warning, be careful. Don’t bring the kids, don’t bring the dogs and don’t ride an expensive bike, because if it goes over the edge, the last thing you want to be worrying about is how much it cost you.
Inside the Ballyvoyle Tunnel, Waterford, Ireland
This is a very narrow tunnel from Durrow to Ballyvoyle, part of a disused railway line, which now makes up part of the Waterford Greenway. The brick lined tunnel has alcoves along the length, which have now been filled with dim lighting. Apparently, the alcoves were included for people to get out of the way of the oncoming trains.
Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, is full of monuments and statues. Why are they there? Who are they? And why is there a rainbow flag flying over O’Connell street?
The Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin
William Smith O’Brien
The General Post Office
Details on the fascia of the GPO
Details on the fascia of the GPO
Sir John Grey
The Spire, erected on the site of demolished Nelson’s Column
Charles Stuart Parnell
The Garden of Remembrance
The Children of Lir
Gay Pride flags flying over O’Connell Street
Walking through Dublin along O’Connell Street, from the River Liffey at the bottom all the way to the Garden of remembrance at the top, you pass memorials to historical Irish figures. You can feel it in you feet, you are walking through history.
Statues to people who fought for our freedom from an oppressive neighbour. A building that was the site of the reading of The Proclamation. A simple spire on the site of an English statue (blown up in the ’60’s). Poets and politicians side by side with the Garden of Remembrance.
Then you look back down the street and you see rainbow flags, signifying gay pride and used during the same sex marriage referendum, flying on a building opposite the General Post Office. You can’t help but feel we have come a long way in the 100 years since Patrick Pierce read his piece of paper to half a dozen people.
The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government
Triumphant end to the Spraoi festival
Spraoi happens in Waterford over the August bank holiday weekend. It is a street festival that culminates in a parade through Waterford City which ends on the Quay with a firework display over the River Suir. What a way to go!