Speaking of Star Trek, O’Brien (Colm Meaney) is a descendant of Brian Boru. Mind you, so are the Queen, Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
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By Niall McArdle It’s been a week filled with Irish inspiration: novelists, poets, and musicians, as well as the #IrelandInspires video which went viral this week. There’s no better way for me to end the week than with a wonderful tribute to my hometown, Dublin, which was posted on You Tube yesterday. The video – […]
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There’s more to the Irish music scene than Bono, the Edge, Adam and Larry.
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The Mystery of the Missing House in Glenageary!
By Niall McArdle
My old pal, the lovely Aisling Dunne is an archivist at the Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin. She has written this lovely little blog post about the history of a large detached villa in Glenageary. Glenageary is a suburb in South Dublin: Sinead O’Connor grew up in the area (so did Aisling, come to think of it).
Apparently the villa at one point had a twin. But who built it? And what happened to it? When was it demolished? Where exactly was it?
The Irish Architectural Archive is well worth dropping into if you are in Dublin. The Archive is housed in a magnificent Georgian townhouse on Merrion Square (just across the square from the National Gallery, another cultural gem that you should visit).
I blogged about the Archive before. Please do drop in if you are in Dublin. And if you can’t visit, then please consider supporting it.
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By Niall McArdle St. Valentine’s Day isn’t all about eternal love. Sometimes it’s about heartbreak, so it’s apt that the fantastic Dublin alt-country band I Draw Slow chose today to launch this great new song, “Valentine”. “Valentine” was filmed at the Hacienda bar in Dublin and stars Aidan Gillen, who showed up on his day […]
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By Niall McArdle Like her contemporary, Una O’Connor, Sara Allgood came to films by way of the Abbey. Indeed, their careers ran on similar paths and intersected several times. They both worked for Alfred Hitchcock in Britain and they were both favourites of John Ford. They both parlayed their Irishness into success. O’Connor, bone-thin and […]
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After a summer hiatus, the Irish Architechural Archive is open to the public once again. Housed in a beautiful and faithfully restored Georgian townhouse in Dublin’s Merrion Square, the Archive is well worth a visit. Anyone with an interest in Irish architectural history should check it out. Currently the Archive is presenting an exhibition on […]
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The question, of course, facing Joyce’s legacy of exile, is what would have happened to him had he stayed? Could he have written his masterwork had he stayed in Ireland “where Christ and Caesar are hand in glove”?
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