Few days ago, Google came up with a special virtual tour to mark 100 years since Easter Week 1916. The narrator of the tour is none other than our own Colin Farrell. You’ll get some glimpses of a very important time in Ireland’s history with a combination of archive images and readings with contemporary street view. Goes without saying that this year is the year to visit Dublin and Ireland, but any other time is good also. Hope you’ll have a good journey, even if it’s only a virtual one.
Following the link, you’ll be transported in the most important areas of my beloved Dublin and have a very interesting tour.
Have also added some pictures in front of Ambassador Theatre, where is this interesting exhibition with 1916 memorabilia.
Sometimes my jobs drive me to some beautiful places not everybody can see. The places I see are private properties or institutions, this is why sometimes in my posts I will not divulge the address, the actual place, maybe just the city. If you guess where it is, please do the same as me, don’t say. I know the quality of my pictures is not the best as I took them with my phone, but nonetheless one can find so much beauty around to fill one’s soul.
This is a place where many people wander around the corridors, but only few can see those rooms. For me was a surprise to find it.
Sometimes the most beautiful of treasures are meant to be hidden. Just looking beyond surface we can see the real beauty in everything. Looking beyond surface involves some sort of understanding if not empathy.
On 6th of April 2015, Easter Monday, RTÉ in collaboration with Dublin City Council, An Post and the Ireland 2016 initiative, organized and conducted a wonderful event on Sackville Street, errrr sorry, O’Connel Street, Dublin 2, and in the vicinity, in which we explored the life as it was in 1915 in Ireland.
The name of the event was Road to the Rising and with this occasion the former Sackville Street, was pedestrianised and with the help of volunteers dressed in costumes, vintage cars, vintage bicycles, carousel, mobile cinematograph, mobile library, transformed to look like an early 20th century cityscape.
It was great fun to explore the Irish national identity, the culture and the beauty of our nation. One large scene was placed near the corner of Cathal Brugha Street, and there I made a bit of fun of Irish people inability of pronouncing foreign names and words when the name of Gioc(hi)amo – giochiamo (it.) = we play 😛 Puccini (Giacomo Puccini). There, I found another great passion of mine, the band named Beoga, and heard an Irish song about a goat which went astray.
Another smaller scene was set on top of a restored open-front tram. A scene of a period wedding was recreated, and also a funeral with a horse-drawn hearse with two beautiful black horses.
What I like most about Ireland is the community spirit all around us and the way that for good and for worst, like in a perfect marriage, the officials, businesses and arts, support each other and make us value and pay attention of what is around us.
Congratulations to all, but especially to RTÉ, they went all the length and made sure we had a wonderful sunny day, I think that was special ordered for the day.
PS A vintage Nokia900 (my precious, what will I do when this one will break???) took all pics and filming, so please be kind.
It’s official! Saint Patrick’s Festival started as my lovely Dublin went green tonight, giving for the next few days (evenings) a beautiful green aura to its iconic buildings, starting with Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Party is already started, let’s have more fun!
I don’t remember exactly but think that they started illuminating green on the cathedral three years ago.
Let’s paint the world green for the next few day. Happy Saint Patrick’s Festival, and don’t forget to watch the parade on the 17th of March all over the world.