Versatile Blogger Award nomination

Originally posted on Image Earth Travel:
March, 2017 Very surprised to receive the Versatile Blogger Award nomination from whitneyibeblog, so very humbling and many thanks for the nomination. Please visit Whitney’s blog for daily inspiration, motivation, daily survival hints, positive thoughts, and much more. It usually takes me a while getting around to responding to an award nomination.…

AILEEN MCKEOGH~House

Originally posted on THE EASEL WEASEL:
When I was young I worked in the local arts centre as Exhibitions Officer. It was a glorified title as I had no executive powers but it did give me a chance to experience the workings of a gallery and to meet artists. The majority of the shows that…

The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Mystery

The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Mystery On the 26th December 1900, a small ship was making its way to the Flannan Islands in the remote Outer Hebridies. Its destination was the lighthouse at Eilean Mor, a remote island which (apart from its lighthouse keepers) was completely uninhabited. Although uninhabited, the island has always sparked people’s interest….

‘TO LEAVE THE EARTH’~The Loss of the R116

Originally posted on THE MERMAIDS PURSE:
On Tuesday morning the 12th of March 2017 the Dublin based Sikorsky S92 Search and Rescue helicopter, Rescue 116, was coming into Blacksod Bay in Co.Mayo in the west of Ireland to refuel after supporting a rescue operation offshore when communications were lost. No May Day was received. Some…

Castle Mary

Originally posted on Housetorian:
….and the next estate is Castle Mary. what lay beyond that doorway….who used this gate or was not allowed to use this gate……… what secrets would lie beyond…… Once again I had to find out who lived in this old property behind all these formidable walls. This story reads of Irish…

Trabolgan Country Estate

Originally posted on Housetorian:
Here I am….researching the next property,  while others are watching the Royal wedding. Little did I know that this property would be so closely linked to the very one that was getting married…. Take the journey to Trabolgan Estate with me  were sadly very little of the original buildings remain…..learn of…

Thursday Doors

Originally posted on Jean Reinhardt:
You would be forgiven for thinking these very large and decorative Thursday Doors belong to a place of worship. In fact, more playing than praying goes on in ‘Cyprus Avenue’ – a live music venue on Caroline Street in Cork city. I’m not sure what type of business operated from…

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE

Originally posted on THE MERMAIDS PURSE:
A few years back I attended a talk on the history  of the town where I live. I was amazed to find that over 100 years ago, besides the now defunct railway connection, there were cinemas, dance halls and two steam baths (steam baths!two!) beside the local beaches amongst…

Things I’d like to tell my former self

Originally posted on Jenny O'Brien:
As I hurtle into 2017 I’ve been thinking about the last few years slogging away on my laptop trying to actually write something worth reading. Here’s a few things I wish I’d known in 2009, when I first put pen to paper to anything other than my checque book.…

The journey of luxury leather goods from Naples to Dublin

Irish designer Paula Rowan taps into the legendary skills of Italian craftspeople for her gloves With a population of more than three million people and one of the busiest ports in the world, Naples has a dark edge, a city where the very rich and the very poor live side by side. “Luxury embedded in…

Leonard Cohen – Musician and Poet

Originally posted on Jean Reinhardt:
Leonard Cohen 1934-2016 I have known Leonard Cohen’s music and poetry for over forty years, from my teens right into my fifties. I never did get to see him perform live at any of the venues he played on his visits to Ireland but last year made a promise to…