From a time when it wasn’t all about germs and hermits…
The Dublin stage in the eighteenth century
Image: Toulouse-Lautrec (Le Lit)
Dungarvan and some heroes and zeroes of Irish history...
Nearby rose the beautiful bourgeois apartment blocks that surround Place Denfert-Rochereau. Beyond them lay Montparnasse and the neon of its cinemas.
PS … here is the town’s only Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Walton, sharing his atomic secrets with a couple of local Russian spies …
PS … from the Sunday Independent 23 April 1995
PPS … a trophy from the buffet at a twenty-first at Punchestown Racecourse in March 1988 …
… thereafter exhibited in tasteful hommage outside Maynooth Garda station.
Photo courtesy of http://www.findgroundmates.com
… more hunger games
This is the Irish south coast, in the nominally Irish-speaking part of Co. Waterford that centres on An Rinn (‘Ring’, which translates as headland or promontory). The road signs are all in Irish, the schools teach through that medium, but most of the people there use English most of the time. Nevertheless if a visitor wants to speak the language, he or she will be accommodated. They all know it and can show it off. In any pub or café the language can commonly be overheard.
The Old Parish (Sean Phobal) area, it is locally believed, was the first Christian parish in Ireland, in late Roman times, and indeed this part of the south coast was the first Christian part of the island. Many of the gravestone inscriptions are wholly or partly in Irish.
One of the roads to Helvick Head from Old Parish is known as Sea View or Radharc na mara. Helvick is a place name of obvious Scandinavian origin and the rocky shelf to which the name refers can still be seen beyond where the fishing harbour wall meets the hill.