A Good Good Friday

Flying a kite at Bull Island

Flying a kite at Bull Island

So, with city centre cabin fever setting in, Laura and I travelled the very short distance to one of Dublin’s gems, Bull Island, yesterday, Good Friday.

It was very cold, as it has been lately, with a biting wind, but the sun was shining and the fresh, sea air was heaven-sent.

Afterwards, we stopped in across the road (almost literally) to the beautiful and somewhat underrated St Anne’s Park for a short while.

The photos aren’t great, but it was nice to get the camera back in my hands again, it has been all-too-rare lately.

But, we get an extra hour this weekend and – even though it doesn’t feel like it in this unseasonably cold weather – summer is coming.

I feel a photo-revival coming on!

The smokestacks seen from one of the bathing shelters on Bull Island

The smokestacks seen from one of the bathing shelters on Bull Island

Bull Island's Realt na Mara (Star of the Sea) statue

Bull Island’s Realt na Mara (Star of the Sea) statue

Laura

Laura at the end of the North Bull Wall

The Telegraph Car sign...

The Telegraph Car post on Bull Island…

... and a close up

… and a close up

One of the bathing shelters on Bull Island. There actually was a lady using this. She was suffering the icy waters in the hope it would help with a persistent running injury. However, while the "Gents" and "Ladies" shelters remain, the segregation doesn't.

One of the bathing shelters on Bull Island. There actually was a lady using this! She was suffering the icy waters in the hope it would help with a persistent running injury. However, while the “Gents” and “Ladies” shelters remain, the segregation doesn’t!

Laura

Laura, with Dollymount Strand in the background

Watch your step! Looking out into Dublin Bay from the top of the North Bull Wall

Watch your step! Looking out into Dublin Bay from the top of the North Bull Wall

Dog chasing after a stone at Bull Island

A dog chasing after a stone at Bull Island

St Anne's Park

St Anne’s Park

St Anne's Park

St Anne’s Park

Laura checking out the trees at St Anne's Park

Laura checking out the trees at St Anne’s Park

St Anne's Park

St Anne’s Park

Enjoying a walk at St Anne's Park

Enjoying a walk at St Anne’s Park

Laura

Laura

And, we're back in the city centre!

And, we’re back in the city centre!

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Dun Laoghaire Baths

A short history of Dun Laoghaire Baths

Plans for redevelopment? 

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Rogue Wave!

This image was captured the split second before I got an unexpected (and very cold!) shower while taking some photos in Dun Laoghaire today.

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Dublin Street Art

These two pieces of street art are located less than 100 yards from each other on North Anne Street in Dublin.

The first is really striking and, in my opinion, a really impressive and effective piece.

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The second is, well, pure Dublin in many ways. The plaster fell off the brick wall in a particular way and someone saw an opportunity to bring a bit of character to it.

It makes me smile.

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Prague Photo

Oops, I only went and left probably my favourite Prague photo out of my post of photos from our visit there last weekend.

This narrow and short street was tucked in behind our apartment and, apart from a lot of graffiti, it contained a photo gallery. Above the gallery door sat a lady, with a bright red heart shining out from beneath her white breast.

It’s visible in the photo, if you click through to the big version and have a closer look.

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Alcohol-related websites

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So I haven’t been getting out much with the camera lately unless I manage to clear out of Dodge completely for a few days, as I have been very busy, especially in work.

One of the main reasons for this has been due to managing a project to redevelop Alcohol Action Ireland’s website and to develop a new website, DrinkHelp.ie, as well as establishing a social media presence for both sites.

It’s been a very interesting project and it it at all went “live” earlier today, which is great! The usual teething problems need to be sorted, but they will be. I hope people find the new sites useful and engaging.

As many of you kindly helped me out back at the planning stages by filling in a survey I put up here, I said I would let you see how it all turned out, but I am keeping this post brief as the sites should speak for themselves – if they don’t I’m in trouble!

Feedback, as ever, is welcome!  Oh and normal photographic programming will resume shortly!

Alcohol Action Ireland and its Facebook page

DrinkHelp and its Facebook page

Weekend in Prague

Images from last weekend in Prague, with Laura.

Click on any of the images for the larger versions. I have uploaded fairly big files as I feel the details in some of the buildings and landscapes are worth it.

Prague is a beautiful city.

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The Crucifix and Calvary, one of the 30 impressive statues on Charles Bridge

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Charles Bridge at night

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I had a lot of time to appreciate Petrin Hill as it took me a long time to get down it (with bones intact) in the most innapropriate footwear for icy Prague hills!

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St Vitus Cathedral

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Laura enjoying a snowy Saturday morning

View from inside the Astronomical Clock Tower

View from inside the Astronomical Clock Tower

Looking back towards the Old Town and our apartment for the weekend

Looking back towards the Old Town and our apartment for the weekend

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Tram passes between the entrance to Charles Bridge (reflected in the tram door) and the Old Town

The Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock

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Charles Bridge

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“Take my photo”. A view through the bridge tower to the rather unfortunately (and unfairly!) named Malá Strana, or “Lesser Town”

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A night time view towards Petrin Observation Tower (a small version of the Eiffel Tower) from Prague Castle

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Laura looking…

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And laughing.

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On the bank of the river Vltava

A view from Petrin Observation Tower

A view from Petrin Observation Tower

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The Statue of Harmony (Sri Chinmoy). “If you can create harmony in your life this harmony will enter into vast world”

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Smoke billows on the west bank of the river Vltava

Prague has some pretty great doors

Prague has some pretty great doors

Over the door

Over the door decorations are common too

View towards a water mill from Charles Bridge

View towards a water mill from Charles Bridge

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Looking out from the Dailborka Tower at Prague Castle

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St Wenceslas

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St Vitus Cathedral

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The first Czech president, Vaclav Havel

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Faces on their way to Charles Bridge

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Old Town Square

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View down the steps up to Prague Castle

Cathedral

St Vitus Cathedral

Snow melting on the base of a lamp post on Charles Bridge

Snow melting on the base of a lamp post on Charles Bridge

One of Prague's many ornate wells

A fountain, dating from 1560

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Old Town

The Dancing House: Photo by Laura

The Dancing House: Photo by Laura

David Černý sculpture outside the Kampa museum, which houses the permanent collection of work by the abstract artist František Kupka

David Černý sculpture outside the Kampa museum, which houses the permanent collection of work by the abstract artist František Kupka

Memorial to the Victims of Communism

Memorial to the Victims of Communism

Just another Prague building!

And another...

And another…

Okay, last one!

Okay, last one!

Another shot of my favourite statue on Charles Bridge, this time at night

Another shot of my favourite statue on Charles Bridge, The Crucifix and Calvary, this time at night

Looking down from Petrin Observation Tower

Looking down from Petrin Observation Tower

Old Town

Old Town

Laura jumping on Petrin Hill

Laura jumping on Petrin Hill

The Vltava flowing under Charles Bridge

The Vltava flowing under Charles Bridge

Trip to the Giant’s Causeway and the Titanic Quarter

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Titanic Visitor Centre

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An evening walk in Duncannon

I spent the weekend at home in Wexford.

Before leaving yesterday (Sunday) evening, my mother (Phyl); her three eldest grandchildren, Shauna, Atlanta and Savannah; Rusty (the most blogged about dog in Wexford) and I all set off for a walk on nearby Duncannon Beach.

The wind was really strong, the tide was right in, it was freezing cold… and a lot of fun!

The sun was setting as we came back up the beach too, which made for a pretty picture – one I don’t do justice to with these photos.

Thanks as ever to my willing young models and apologies to their mother (Amy) for sending them home slightly wet and mostly covered in sand!

Footsteps in the sand (Atlanta)

Footsteps in the sand (Atlanta)

Rusty and Shauna

Rusty and Shauna

Phyl and Savannah

Phyl and Savannah

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Savannah

Savannah

Koala in the long grass

Koala in the long grass

Messing!

Messing

The result of said messing

The result of the messing – Savannah came off worse!

More messing!

More messing

One of the two poor dead seals we came across

One of the two poor, dead seals we came across…

And the other one

And the other one

Savannah

Savannah

Shauna on the first of the two crucial rocks for the stream crossing

Shauna on the first of the two crucial rocks for the stream crossing

Atlanta and Phyl

Atlanta and Phyl

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Sisters jumping!

Sisters jumping!

Looking towards the South Beach housing estate

Looking towards the South Beach housing estate

Atlanta

Atlanta and her cold face!

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Running down

Savannah preparing for take off

Taking flight

Atlanta taking off

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Granddaughter and grandmother fleeing the waves

Granddaughter and grandmother fleeing the waves as the sun disappears

Mixed Bag!

So, I’ll level with you here.

if I hadn’t been so busy lately these photos wouldn’t be up here.

Getting some quality time with my camera has been increasingly difficult, but I’ll be addressing that next weekend – in some style I hope!

Until then, dear reader, please look kindly on this mixed bag of photos from recent weeks, most of which were taken on a stroll around Dublin, which took in St Stephen’s Green and the Iveagh Gardens.

Others were just random snaps when something caught my eye when the camera was close by.

I’ll try caption them, as best I can.

Laura getting ready

Laura getting ready

Feeding the swans in St Stephen's Green

Feeding the swans in St Stephen’s Green

Louis Copeland Outfitters

Louis Copeland Outfitters

Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens

Taking flight in St Stephen's Green

Taking flight in St Stephen’s Green

Lonely Cherub

Lonely Cherub

Andrew's Lane Theatre

Andrew’s Lane Theatre

Andrew's Lane

Andrew’s Lane

Letter box, Iveagh Gardens

Letter box, Iveagh Gardens

Church of the Sacred Heart, Arbour Hilll

Church of the Sacred Heart, Arbour Hill

Strolling through the Iveagh Gardens

Strolling through the Iveagh Gardens

Crane Lane

Crane Lane

Trees light the bike lane on Dublin's south quay

Trees light the bike lane on Dublin’s south quay

Iveagh Garden Angel

Iveagh Garden Angel

Cuckoo Lane

Cuckoo Lane

Face to face in St Stephen's Green

Face to face in St Stephen’s Green

True love?

True love?

Andrew's Lane

Andrew’s Lane

Smithfield Square

Smithfield Square

Ringing the bell to clear the Iveagh Gardens/bring an end to this post!

Ringing the bell to clear the Iveagh Gardens/bring an end to this post!