So..'ears' to you on this Easter day. May you enjoy it with your family and friends.
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOURS!
|The ubiquitous green post box still wears a reminder that England once ruled over Ireland.|
The presence of the crown and the Royal Insignia ER VII dates the post box to the reign of
King Edward VII. You will also see some post boxes which bear a crown and
the insignia VR for Victoria Regina, Queen Victoria.
|Way overhead and just steps away from the Dublin City Hall, an old sign reminds us that|
T. Read & Co. Ltd.,
had their business for knife crafting and sharpening on these premises in the 17th century.
|On Palace Street, the shortest street in Dublin, just beyond the stone gates of Dublin castle,|
(on the left in this picture), stands the building once occupied by the oldest charity in Dublin,
'The Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers Society'.
Founded in 1790 by a group of 11 middle class Dublin gentlemen,
its purpose was to provide aid to the sick and very poor.
The charity now operates out of an office on Upper Leeson Street, and continues its good work,
distributing over €120, 000 to needy Dublin families in 2012.
|It is odd to think of a street being established, opened and commemorated in a|
manner such as this, but that is exactly what happened in 1886 when the street was dedicated to the
memory of Lord Edward FitzGerald, an Irish aristocrat and revolutionary.
He was the commander-in-chief of the United Irishmen, and died 4 June 1798,
at the age of only 34, after being denied medical treatment for wounds received when he resisted arrest in May.
He was interred in the vaults of St. Werburgh Church Dublin, 5 June 1798.
|My favourite Dublin bookstore, Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street.|
Established in 1768, over their 245 year history the store has operated out of three different locations,
settling in Dawson Street in the 19th century.
James Joyce mentions the store in part one of his masterwork Ulysses,
"What she? The virgin at Hodges Figgis' window on Monday looking in for one of the alphabet books you were going to write. Keen glance you gave her."
|The Jeanie Johnston, Custom House Quay, Dublin, Ireland.|
|The Dunbrody, New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland.|
|I just love this photo. Lots of affection here. |
I especially like the way my mom, Mary, is smiling at her elder sister Bernadette.
From left to right: Mary Ball Geraghty, Michael Geraghty, Bernadette Ball Higgins, James Higgins, and Mary Higgins (sister of James).
The woman on the far right is not a member of their party.
|A family all wrapped up in Love: My mom and dad with my elder brother Michael, their first born child.|
|The men altogether: A rare photo with my maternal grandfather, whom I never got to meet, affectionally surrounded|
by my Uncle Gerard (Jerry) on the left, and Patrick Doyle, my Aunt Kate's fiancé, on the right.
Tragically, not long after the day on which this photo was taken, young Patrick Doyle suddenly died.
|All together now: A rare photo of my father with almost all of his siblings. Dad is on the left with his arms affectionately wrapped around my mother. |
Left to right standing: Dad, Mom, Dad's sister Mary holding my brother Michael, Dad's brother John,
an unidentified friend, far right Dad's brother Enda.
Kneeling: Dad's sister Kathleen, and brother Declan. Missing from the photo is Dad's brother Patrick.
|Inside a cell in Kilmainham Gaol.|
A photograph I shot in the bright light of mid-day.
|Main Entrance of Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin|
|'INSTRUCTION' on the left, and 'PEACE' on the right.|
Two of the four female figures which sit atop the complex in Dublin called Government Buildings.
|St. Patrick's Church, Ringsend, Dublin. The church in which my parents were married.|
|Above: Bray Head in County Wicklow|
Below: A thatched cottage in the Boyne Valley, County Louth.
|Detail from a stained glass window in St. Patrick's Church, Ringsend, Dublin.|
|National Famine Memorial, Murrisk, County Mayo, Ireland.|