Underground Warfare

Maev's second meeting with Fergus, illustration from The Táin by Mary Hutton, 1924

  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 (and probably many more than that). These were a class of fortified homestead normally consisting of a circular earthen bank inside an exterior ditch which together enclosed … Continue reading

Between The Land And The Sea

Teach an Locháin, Bóthar an Choinicéir, Cill Fhionntain, Éire 2014

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 Éadair DART line. Generally considered to be part of Cill Fhionntain technically the area lies within the separate townland of An Coinicéar (though both lie in the … Continue reading

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 Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square with a march to Leinster House, the seat of Oireachtas na hÉireann. I ask all readers of An Sionnach Fionn … Continue reading

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 of my favourite locations to visit in Dublin. As I may have mentioned before way back in the Stone Age I attended a sprawling primary school … Continue reading

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 its identity? The community campaign to thwart the destruction of the 1916 Battlefield Quarter of Dublin City centre continues, as it has done for the … Continue reading

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 area surrounding the historic 1916 Rising battlefield site. As Sinn Féin gears up to appeal for support from Government TDs to save and restore the … Continue reading

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 of his passing this week. A Guardian obituary tells most of his life story and why he was so important: “The Hungarian architect Imre Makovecz has died … Continue reading

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 are not the virtues one associates with Irish culture in the Celtic Tiger years. But one of the finest pieces of contemporary Irish design is … Continue reading

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 in the world. An article in the Guardian from 2004 gives an excellent summation: ‘Makovecz, born in 1935 and educated in Budapest, was himself imprisoned at the time of … Continue reading

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 of articles I need to write check out this video tour of the crypt in Christchurch cathedral, the oldest structure in Dublin dating from at … Continue reading

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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post


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