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Harry Clarke

Published on 16th Mar 2021 at 11:00 by Antóin Ó Lochraigh

It is sometimes said that we don’t always see or appreciate beauty. Equally one might add that that is in the gift of the beholder. Be that as it may, and speaking as a humble but earnest scribe, even those of us with limited capacity to appreciate the world of visual art, can be struck sometimes by its composition of colours, particularly when questioned by the elaborate art that is stained glass windows. The elaborate manifestation of what amounts to the kaleidoscope of creation contained in the work of Harry Clarke leaves even the uninitiated impressed. This humble overview briefly looks at the life and times of the man with samples of his work included.

Robert Emmet

Published on 4th Mar 2021 at 10:30 by Antóin Ó Lochraigh

In this brief overview of Robert Emmet we look at the major events in his short life, the other actors in this story and the long-term consequences arguably that stemmed from this period. Ireland at this time was enduring major changes both politically and economically. Rebellions against English rule was not uncommon and after the Act of Union in 1800 the economic impact particularly on Dublin was significant. England feared the French in the heady days of Napoleon, and the embers of the 1798 Rebellion were not fully extinguished. Wolfe Tone will be remembered as one of the leading protagonists of the 1798 Rebellion, Robert Emmet for the events of 1803.

Seán Heuston

Published on 19th Feb 2021 at 10:00 by Antóin Ó Lochraigh

Seán Heuston first saw the light of day on 21st Feb.1891. He was born into a poor family in Dublin’s inner city. Dublin, once regarded as the second most important city in the British Empire in the 18th century, was in the latter part of the 19th century convulsing into a place of appallingly bad housing and increasing levels of unemployment. The family home of his birth was in Gloucester Street (now Gardiner Street).

St. Valentine

Published on 12th Feb 2021 at 10:15 by Antóin Ó Lochraigh

Relics of St. Valentine are held in Whitefriar Street Church in South Dublin. This rather unimposing church, at least from an external inspection, holds the relics in perpetuity contained as they are in a small casket to the right of the nave. The fact that there were apparently three St. Valentines' according to Murphy (2007) casts some doubt on the authenticity of the remains in White friars he suggests.

St. Brigid, Faughart and the King of Ireland

Published on 29th Jan 2021 at 17:26 by Antóin Ó Lochraigh

The feast of St.Brigid is just upon us as we welcome the advent of spring. Imbolg, as it’s also called is still remembered with great reference particularly by older generations who still hold her in great esteem. Within the pantheon of Irish saints she ranks only second to St. Patrick. Born in the area of Faughart in County Louth in 450 AD approx. she would go on to devote her life to God and answering the needs of the poor.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Published on 23rd Dec 2020 at 16:47 by Antóin Ó Lochraigh

This is a brief overview of St. Patrick’s Cathedral which is situated in the Old Quarter of Dublin. We will look briefly at its beginnings; the people involved in its creation, and at the many illustrious and not so illustrious people who have left their mark not just on the cathedral but also on Irish history and indeed on world history. If as the old saying goes that ‘History is written by the victors’, then St. Patrick’s might perhaps best exemplify that although it’s near neighbour Christ Church might also have something to say about that.

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