The Heart That Loves Is Always Young

A small piece of street art from Pimlico, Dublin, posted for Valentine’s Day.
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Yes And No

Voters in the Republic go to the polls tomorrow (Friday May 25th) to vote on a referendum to replace Article 40.3.3 which guarantees the right to life of the unborn. If replaced, legislation allowing abortion up to 12 weeks would be introduced for debate. The two images today are from Earl Street and College Green in Dublin city centre. The case of Savita Halappanavar (used by the “yes” campaign in the image above) is described in Never Again.
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I May Be Homeless But I’m Human Too

An pedestrian walks across chalk writing and drawings in Dublin’s O’Connell Street, oblivious to its message asking for help and respect. “I may be homeless but Im human too, once I had a family and home like you, people judge me and look down, please help me get a bed tonight, where I will be safe and sound.”
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Somebody’s Child

Dublin Councillor Mannix Flynn’s installation Somebody’s Child lists the names of 796 children deemed illegitimate and buried without funeral rites by “a cruel Catholic state” in St Mary’s Mother And Baby Centre in Tuam, Galway (Dublin Live | Mannix Flynn).
The work was launched in November 2015. It was set ablaze in January of this year and restored in July with the addition of a call for the disbandment of the Artane Boys Band, the public face of what was the Artane Industrial School which closed in 1969 in advance of the Kennedy Report into abuses carried out by the Christian Brothers. For more on this dispute, see Dublin Inquirer.
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Victoria Regina

Cast-iron post-boxes were made by W. T. Allen of London from 1886 onwards (Victoria died in 1901). This one, which is still in use by An Post, is at Collins Barracks in Dublin. The Royal Barracks (as they were then called) were built in 1702 and handed over to the Free State in 1922 and renamed; they are now a museum (WP).
For (modern) green post-boxes in Belfast, see Letters Only and Accomplishments Have No Colour.
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Give Them A Lift

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“Please “support” our bra appeal: the ladies in Ghana spend long hours working in the fields unsupported. Please donate your unwanted bras & help give them a lift. Many thanks.”
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Beyond The Pale

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Carlingford, County Louth, was in the middle ages a heavily fortified town at the northern edge of ‘The Pale’, the territory in Ireland owned by English lords (John Murray’s (1834) Handbook For Travellers). It is now just south of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
First is the courthouse (“teach cúirte”), constructed in 1935 and a library since 2008, with doors painted in the deep blue associated with the Irish coat of arms the Presidential seal.
Second is a plaque commemorating the birthplace of Lorcán Ó Muireadhaigh, “priest, scholar, historian, pioneer – Ulsterman and Gael to the core” (“sagart, scoláire, staraí, ceannródaí – Ultach agus gael go smior”), perhaps best known for founding the Irish-language literary magazine An tUltach in 1924. (The house is immediately next to (north of) the shop featured previously in No Ice Cream.)
Finally, the gravestone of Captain James Boyle stands in the graveyard of Kilwirra church in Templetown to the south of Carlingford and Greenore. “In Memory Of Captain James Boyle, Muchgrange, Greenore of The Irish Free State Army, 5th Northern Division ambushed and killed at Rockmarshall, Jenkinstown on 4th November 1922 aged 24 Years. A thiarna déan trócaire air [Lord have mercy on him]” (More images of the ruins can be found at megalithicireland.) Boyle was killed along with Sergeant Peter Trainor by a mine planted by anti-treaty forces.

By e-mail from Donal Hall of the Louth Archaeological Society:“On 4 November, Captain James Boyle of Greenore, and Sergeant P Treanor, aged 36 and from Carrickroe, Emyvale, Co Monaghan were killed when their convoy was ambushed at Rockmarshall, in Cooley. The lorry in which they were travelling was first blown up by a concealed land mine and then peppered with rifle fire. Captain Boyle was wounded and died some hours later, while Sergeant Treanor was killed at the ambush site. Boyle was a native of Greenore, and was stationed there. As reported in the Democrat it was stated that the ambush was specifically targeted to kill Captain Boyle. Perhaps the success of the army in the Cooley area in locating arms dumps was attributed to Captain Boyle and his local contacts. When Captain Boyle was buried on Monday 6 November, shops in Dundalk closed for two hours while the remains were removed to his local parish Greenore, from where a full military funeral escorted the cortege. Sergeant Treanor, who had recently become engaged to be married, and had been due to go on leave, was buried with full military honours in his native Carrickroe

There are more details in the Dundalk Democrat of 11 November 1922.”
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No Ice Cream

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You might be able to get a vintage dress or a copy of the Beatles’ greatest hits in this Carlingford shop, but there is definitely NO ice cream.
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The Lookout

 

This stained glass window from Ravensdale Chapel just across the border in Louth depicts the story in Luke’s gospel (19:1-10) in which the tax-collector Zacchaeus, small of stature, climbs up the sycamore tree in order to see Jesus pass by. The chapel, shown below, is itself shaped like a lighthouse.

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Headstone

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A knitted hat is held down by a heavy stone on Shelling Hill beach (Co. Louth), where the body of Jean McConville (WP) was found in 2003, thirty-one years after she was killed by the IRA. The case has been in the news recently as Ivor Bell has been charged with aiding and abetting the murder (BelTel).
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