Iceskating in Dublin

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

On January 1st 1850 the pond in Herbert Park, Dublin, was once again frozen and in use as a skating pond. This was not unusual in 19th century Dublin. The Evening Mail of the following day reported that the pond was visited by “a strong muster of idle Dublin blackguards, ragamuffins and vagabonds” determined to ruin the fun of the law abiding skaters. Initially, the rowdies kept to one end of the ice having made a slide. But, in the afternoon the sliders caused mayhem by sliding into the skaters. Some of the skaters retaliated and...

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Bloody “Saturday” in Dublin

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

There will be a re- enactment of a street riot in Dublin this Saturday, Aug 31st. It is part of the 1913 Dublin Lockout commemorations. The re-enactment of a police baton charge on  crowds who had gathered to hear Jim Larkin speak in O’Connell St. on Sunday August 31st 1913. More than 300 people were injured in the ensuing chaos and the event became known in Irish history as Bloody Sunday. There were to be at least 2 more Bloody Sundays in Irish history, each more horrifying than the previous. As well as the “riot”,...

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Leopold Bloom Walking Tour, plaque #7

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

He crossed at Nassau street corner and stood before the window of Yeates and Son pricing the fieldglasses. This is Plaque no. 7 by Robin Buick, following Leopold Bloom’s midday walk. Yeates and Son has long gone. The plaque is outside a Bank of Ireland office at the corner of Nassau and Grafton Streets. This is very apt as Bloom later comments that there’s a little watch up there on the roof of the bank to test those glasses by. The bank he was referring to was the Bank of Ireland on College Green. Apparently, the prospective...

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Dublin Tenement Experience

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Henrietta Street is a beautiful Georgian Street in the north of Dublin city. However, in the late 19th and early 20th century the buildings, once used by prosperous bankers, solicitors, doctors and others, were used as tenements. The 1911 census  of Ireland shows that 17 families were living in No. 14. 26,000 families were in such buildings of which 20,000 were living in single rooms. During the months of July and August you can get an idea of what life was like for these families. This visitor experience is part of the 100th anniversary...

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Lepolod Bloom Walking Tour: Plaque #6

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

“He crossed under Tommy Moore’s roguish finger. They did right to put him up over a urinal: meeting of the waters” This plaque is on the traffic island between College Street, College Green and Westmoreland Street. It is the easiest of all the plaques to find as it is below the statue of Thomas Moore. One of Moore’s best known poems is about the Vale of Avoca and is titled The Meeting of the Waters. The structure behind the statue is a long closed gents toilets. Assuming Bloom – and Joyce – to be correct...

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James Joyce Walking Tour: plaque #5

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Hot mockturtle vapour and steam of newbaked jampuffs roly-poly poured out from Harrison’s This plaque is at No. 29 Westmoreland Street, across the road from plaque 4. Harrison’s is long gone but there is still an eating house there viz. Charlies Chinese. Perhaps you can get turtle soup there but certainly not mockturtle. Mockturtle soup in 1904 was a cheap imitation of Green Turtle soup. The main ingredients were the cheap leftover cuts of beef, particularly head and feet!! Have a look at Heston Blumenthal’s adaption...

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James Joyce Walking Tour: Bloom plaque #4

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

This is the 4th pavement plaque following Leopold Bloom’s midday walk in Chapter 8, Lestrygonians, of Ulysses. The caption reads: Mr Bloom smiled O rocks at two windows of the ballast office He is remembering earlier that morning that Molly had asked him to explain the word metempsychosis from a book he had given her. His learned explanation only confused her further. – O, rocks! she said. Tell us in plain words.  Thereafter she pronounces the word as “met him pike hoses” I am always reminded of that when I see the...

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“In the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom” Pavement Plaque #3″

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

“As he set foot on O’Connell bridge a puffball of smoke plumed up from the parapet” This plaque is on the corner of the bridge at Bachelors Walk and is on the route walked by Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses. This route is one of my walking tours of Dublin. The “puffball of smoke” was from a “brewery barge with export stout”.  Guinness barges continued to transport kegs of stout until June 1961. After the 1913 lockout, Guinness decided to get their own ships and these became specialised....

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“In the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom” Pavement Plaque #2

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The 2nd of Robin Buick’s pavement plaques is the first to deal with “Lestrygonians”, Chapter 8 of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The inscription contains the first words of this chapter. “Pinapple rock, lemon platt, butter scotch… among the sweet warm fumes of Graham Lemon’s” It is located on the west side of O’Connell street not far from the junction with Abbey Street. Opposite it is a fast food outlet, with perhaps a different aroma, and a store named Foot Locker. Above the Foot Locker store you...

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“In the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom” Pavement Plaque #1

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

In 1988, as part of the Dublin Millennium celebrations, a series of 14 bronze plaques were embedded in the pavement on a route from Abbey Street to the National Museum in Kildare Street. “In the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom” by Robin Buick is a sculpture trail following the route Leopold Bloom takes in Chapter 8 of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Lestrygonians. There are 14 plaques in all. My “Walk with Leopold” tour infers there are only 13. This is because the 1st plaque – pictured - is not from Chapter 8 but marks...

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