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Take Three

This week the Irish Aesthete celebrates its third birthday. When first posting in September 2012, I had no idea that the project would develop as it has since done, nor that it would attract such a loyal following (and certainly not that I would still be doing this now). 1,113 more words

Architectural History

The Black Bull Threshing festival 2015

Although this festival has been happening for about 14 years, I’ve never gone to it! Another case of shame on me because it’s just a short drive from my house. 568 more words

Louth has one of the highest birth rates out of wedlock

Louth has one of the highest birth rates in the country for unmarried couples.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show there were 440 children born in the Wee County between January and March 2015. 102 more words

Local News

Spectacle as Drama

It was through reading more than thirty years ago Sacheverell Sitwell’s perpetually engaging book Southern Baroque Art (first published in 1924) that I first discovered the work of the Bibienas. 1,254 more words

Architectural History

"Tools" - July 2015 Photo Theme Night

My images for Photo Theme Night on the topic “Tools” by Birr Photography Group in Craughwell’s Pub, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland on 16th July 2015.


Taking the Cure

A corner cabinet in Bedroom No.15 at Birr Castle, County Offaly. This is also known as the Conroy Room since it contains memorabilia associated with Sir John Conroy, quondam Comptroller to Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent: in the same year Victoria came to the throne, Conroy’s son Edward eloped with Lady Alicia Parsons, daughter of the second Earl of Rosse. 43 more words

Country House

Barack Obama Plaza- Capitalizing on an association.

When I heard the words “Barack Obama Plaza”, images of photo zones, interactive history of his ancestry and commemorative photos came to mind.  Instead, when I visited for the first time today, I arrived at a rest stop. 415 more words