Parfum de jour

Celebrating le quatorze juillet 2016 with a visit at Sheridans Cheesemongers on South Anne Street in Dublin 2, Ireland, wearing a drop or two (or three …) of mon numéro cinq.

If you visit Dublin, you must visit this gorgeous little store. In my visit today, I coudn’t leave without a piece of Knockanore smoked cheese. Is a hard cheese, and it reminded me of the smoked cheeses made in Bran, co. Brasov, Romania. This little piece of gold was made in Cnoc an Oir, the hill of gold, in Waterford, more details can be found here.

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Parfum de jour

 

Easter Rising Centenary

Easter is very important to Ireland, not only for religious reasons, and today is a more important day because this year is marking the Easter Rising Centenary. Each year we commemorate and honour the brave people who fought and gave their lives to make the Irish independence possible. Many festivities will take place all over Ireland, and I suppose all over the world where is an Irish soul, to mark those pivotal moments for Republic of Ireland. We are lucky and honoured to be part of such historical moments. I’ve filmed just a little bit of the military parade, none of the planes or war vessels, and enjoyed the rest of it, hope you’ll enjoy.

Sorry for the quality of the videos and pictures, but as usual I took them with my 6 years old computer mobile N900. I watched it with the PowerDVD app for windows, and it enhances a bit.

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I do like Moondays

Really, don’t know where the weekend flew in such a rush, but I wish you all a very happy week. Don’t forget to smile, breath and live a bit.

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Happy Moonday

Have a happy and fulfilling Moonday, week, month, year, decade, century, life.

Dublin’s FlightFest 2013

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On 15th of September 2013, Dublin was hosting a-once-in-a-lifetime event, Flight Fest with more than 30 aircrafts, old and new, flying over Dublin’s sky. It was an exciting event and live was even better than in pictures and videos, especially that my pics and videos are not such a great quality because I took them with my phone. It started with a mixture of rain, sun, rain, sun in a very windy day. Hope my asking my lovely and very patient husband in Romanian language: do you see them do you see them do you see them, will not be very annoying, but I was very excited and really loved every minute.
This event was part of The Gathering Ireland 2013. It was noisy and it was fun, I wish they’ll repeat that every year.

 

 

 

RTÉ’s event Road to the Rising

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.

O'Connell Street, Dublin, Easter Monday 2015
O’Connell Street, Dublin, Easter Monday 2015
Dubliners
Dubliners

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PS A vintage Nokia900 (my precious, what will I do when this one will break???) took all pics and filming, so please be kind.

Dublin tenements

In 2011-2012, I’ve been part of a group project and had to write an essay about Dublin’s tenements, a subject very closed to my heart, as I was interested long time before in the subject (will publish later parts of that essay). Was very happy when we’ve got this subject and hints and tools to develop on it, and have spent many lovely hours in National Library of Ireland, which will also be the theme of a following blog article, as it is a gorgeous building.

This is part of the group project, when we’ve walked around Dublin taking pictures of its wonderful sites and buildings, with short descriptions, this being part of the searching for the subject.

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Henrietta Place

Before the 1911 the buildings on Henrietta Place were home to generations of lawyers, but by 1911 were overflowing with poverty.

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The Iveagh Buildings

The Iveagh Buildings were built at the initiative of the Dublin Artisans Dwelling Company and the Iveagh Trust. It was meant to be a greatly improved housing for the working class.

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 Mary’s Place

 Mary’s Place, the same as a great part of Dublin, was inhabited by poor people. People living in those tenement buildings were failed by Dublin Corporation, which did almost nothing to improve their housing.

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Gardiner Street

During those times many buildings collapsed or burned, trapping people inside. Because of precariousness of life, in that time was a high mortality.

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 Iveagh Buildings, Patrick Street, Dublin

 We notice around Dublin those buildings, the Tenements, most degraded, but still beautiful. Their walls witnessed, for more than 150 years, Dubliners lives. If only the walls could talk…

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 61 Mountjoy Square

Construction began in 1790 with the project completed in 1818, built in the typical Georgian architecture design, also the use of red-brick was implemented.

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62 Mountjoy square

From the 1911 census we see the social class that once lived in these houses, this building was known as home for a family of three, and also two servants worked there.

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Ballymun

Ballymun flats were built in 1966 for families who wanted to move out of the crowded city centre, away from tenement life. From 1970s, Ballymun flats became symbol of poverty, drugs and social problems in Ireland.

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The Liberties

The Liberties is also an area with tenement houses, with shops at the ground level.

Sources:  

Kearns, K. (1994) Dublin Tenement Life – An Oral History, Gill and Macmillan, Dublin

The National Archives of Ireland Dublin Ireland in the early 20th Century – Poverty and Health http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/exhibition/dublin/poverty_health.html 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountjoy_Square