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Wintry photos from St.Doolaghs Church & Malahide Castle.

Some Wintry photos from St.Doolaghs in Balgriffin & Malahide Castle in north Dublin.
St.Doolaghs is particularly imposing. An ancient church - gothic & moody. (Definitely haunted I'd say.)

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Some VIDEO from some small villages in Co.Mayo.

Shrule was the best. A gorgeous old castle opposite a great looking pub. Great to explore on a crisp winter's evening.

At least the lights haven't been turned off yet.

'IMF Out' ... old slogans being replaced.

'Brits Out' - the slogan of choice for so long - now has a competitor.
Of course, this graffitier neglects to note that the IMF are here at our invitation because of our nation's stupidity.
Spotted at Grand Canal Dock.

"For What Died the Sons of Róisín, Was it Greed?" by Luke Kelly.

For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed?
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed?
Was it greed that drove Wolfe Tone to a paupers death in a cell of cold wet stone?
Will German, French or Dutch inscribe the epitaph of Emmet?
When we have sold enough of Ireland to be but strangers in it.
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed?
 
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
To those brave men who fought and died that Róisín live again with pride?
Her sons at home to work and sing,
Her youth to dance and make her valleys ring,
Or the faceless men who for Mark and Dollar,
Betray her to the highest bidder,
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
 
by Luke Kelly

Spotted - the IMF guy looking into the Croke Park deal.

With apologies to Hallowe'en Costumes. Sure it's good publicity.

Sea to Summit Race in Westport 2010.

Fourth race this year for myself and my brother Ciaran - and 3rd one in Westport (rated 4-out-of-5 on this site as a place to live).
Yet again he trounced me (by 20 minutes this time). That said, I did pretty good on the Croagh Patrick split - 5mins faster coming down!
The worst bit for me again was the bike section. I just can't seem to get into those long slog cycles. I become dispirited by the endlessness of them.
However, I enjoyed the race overall. The dash thru Westport at the beginning was the best bit.

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Video of Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna.

Yep, a posting about Co.Clare again.
Of Christy Moore and matchmaking fame, Lisdoonvarna is nice old place. The central square is tidy enough with sculptures of musicians and dancers, frozen in mid-session.
The best pub is "The Roadside" a little way off the square and home to the "Burren Tolkien Society".
Yes, you read that right.
Apparently, Tolkien got the idea for the name Gollum from Pollnagollum cave.

See the shockingly awful & inappropriate development I passed in Co.Clare at the weekend.

I spotted this on the way to Lisdoonvarna.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Destroying our limited historical sites and landscape?!?
Clare County Planning Dept ... I am disappointed, angry & ashamed of you - but ultimately not very surprised.

"Listen son. It's our job to put the new signposts up. Not to take the old ones down."

Why have ONE signpost when you can have TWO?
Public service reform how are ya!
(Photo from near the Sally Gap, Co.Wicklow.)

Video of Jesus, Captain America and Teen Wolf in Dublin over Hallowe'en.

Video of Hallowe'en around Dublin city.
I spotted Jesus, Captain America, Teen Wolf and more.

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