Classiebawn Castle #3

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Silesian Museum, Katowice

This image comes from the city of Katowice in southern Poland, formerly a major coal mining centre. The miners are long gone and the location has been transformed into a memorial to an industry that dominated the region for almost two centuries. This is part of the Silesian Museum, now a major visitor attraction, located just a stone’s throw from …

Classiebawn Castle #2

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Old Central Bank Building

The former Irish Central Bank building in Dublin’s Dame Street remains an iconic landmark in the city centre. Designed by the renowned Irish architect Sam Stephenson, it was the focus of much criticism and discontent in 1970s Dublin. Many people disliked the size of the building and felt its appearance was radically out of step with the character of the …

Green Castle, County Donegal

This ruined 14th century castle in County Donegal is officially called Northburg Castle. It is known locally, however, as Green Castle – due no doubt to its location overlooking the village of Greencastle. The castle was built in 1305 by Richard Og de Burgh –  also known as the Red Earl of Ulster – one of the most powerful Irish …

Old Mellifont Abbey

The ruins of Mellifont Abbey in County Louth are rich in Irish Christian history. Founded in 1142 by Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh, it was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland – built in the formal style of French Cistercian abbeys. At its peak, it had one hundred monks and three hundred lay brothers. It survived for more than four …

Cuig

Eoin Murphy and Ruairi Stewart, of the Northern band Cuig on the Fleadh TV stage at the 2019 Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda. For non-Irish speakers, Cuig means five……which, you’ve guessed correctly, happens to be the number of members in the group. Many people will know them from their song Carry On which they performed on the Aer Lingus video for …

Storm Over Dublin City

Dramatic winter storm clouds sweep in over Dublin City with the certain promise of rain to follow. Two distinctive features of the city skyline are prominent in this dramatic view which was shot from a vantage point north of the city. The Poolbeg chimneys and incinerator stand out, as does the Sugarloaf mountain beyond the city. But the most dominant …