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Category Archives: Ailtireacht (Architecture)

Irish Is Not Dying, Irish Is Being Killed

When the greater part of Ireland won its independence from the United Kingdom in the early 1920s the number of native Irish-speakers across the island, north and south, was close … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 39 Comments

Underground Warfare

  One of the commoner settlement types to be found in Irish archaeology are the ráthanna or so-called ring-forts 40,000 of which are known to have existed during the first millennium CE … Continue reading

August 3, 2014 · 5 Comments

Between The Land And The Sea

Regular readers will know of my affection for Bóthar an Choinicéir, a leafy side-road in Fine Gall situated on a narrow strip of land between the sea and the main BÁC-Binn … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Lá Mór Na Gaeilge

There is a day-of-action planned for Saturday the 15th of February 2014 in support of Irish language rights on our island nation. A parade will gather at 14.00 outside the … Continue reading

February 10, 2014

Bóthar an Choinicéir – A Walk Down Memory Lane

Some long-time readers know that I’m a bit of an architecture buff and reading a recent post by exiled Irish blogger Football Cliches on urban design reminded me of one … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

Who Dares To Speak? Morality Versus Venality In Modern Ireland

What other nation in Europe would have such little regard for its history? What other nation in Europe would be so willing, so eager, to destroy the physical embodiments of … Continue reading

October 19, 2012

A Monument To Freedom Versus A Monument To Greed

From Easter Rising to Celtic Tiger. Which would we rather remember? Or, indeed, celebrate? From the Irish Examiner. “Campaigners have renewed calls for state intervention to stop the “disrespectful” demolition of the … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · 4 Comments

Imre Makovecz – A Loss To Architecture And Design

Just a few weeks ago I wrote about my love for the works of the little known Hungarian architect Imre Makovecz so it is with deep sadness that I learned … Continue reading

October 2, 2011

In Praise Of The Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

Journalist Fionntán Ó Tuathail Fintan O’Toole writes a lengthy piece celebrating the award-winning architecture of the Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Doire (Derry), the heart of the city’s Irish language community. ‘MODESTY AND restraint … Continue reading

August 13, 2011

Imre Makovecz And The Wonders of Organic Architecture

One of my favourite architects is also one of Europe’s least known, Hungary’s Imre Makovecz, a proponent of organic architecture who has created some of the most distinctive, beautiful and humanistic buildings to be found anywhere … Continue reading

July 29, 2011

Video tour of Christchurch Cathedral Crypt (via Irish History Podcast)

Over the past two days I visited the oldest buildings in Dublin – that is Christchurch Cathedral, St Patricks Cathedral and St Audeons Church. While I get through the queue … Continue reading

July 14, 2011

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