Dublin Garden Squares Day 2012

I have to say a huge thank you to Dublin Civic Trust and all of those involved in Dublin Garden Squares Day yesterday for an absolutely fantastic and informative day. Mountjoy Square Architectural Walk I started the day at the Mountjoy Square Architectural Walk which was given by Karin O’Flanagan who graciously allowed us in and around her beautiful home at 54 Mountjoy Square. Karin has kept this building in amazing condition and she rents out the beautiful Oval room as self catering guest accomodation. I’d highly recommend staying there for anyone who wants to soak up the history of the city – what better way than to stay in what would originally have been the family parlour of one of the Georgian houses on Dublin’s only perfectly designed Garden square. The apartment is fully self catering with a kitchen, bathroom and an adorable loft style bedroom area. Not only will you be getting the chance to experience Georgian living first hand but you will also be contributing to the survival and revival of these stunning houses! Check out the photos and further information on booking at Airbnb.com Karin took us around the square explaining the details of all of the houses and each of their particularities with such charm and interest despite the constant threat of rain. Next Bernadette took over and brought us into the interior of two further Georgian houses on the square, the second of which is her home – a stunning apartment on the second floor. Bernadette and her husband consider themselves as custodians of the apartment whose lounge is just about one of...

Diaspora keeping the pride of Ireland alive

Here’s a little article shared with www.buyersbroker.ie to put a little sprinkle of perspective on our times… “It’s a long way from Clare to here It’s a long, long way, it grows further by the day” Emigration has always been a bittersweet subject for our tiny island with many songs, poems and laments idolising and imortalising home. It is an especially apt topic for the times we face today with a new generation spreading their wings, often times for pleasure but increasingly for economic survival. Those left behind groan and complain – our inept government, bleak weather, nosey neighbors and yet our diaspora celebrates – lush countryside, caring communities, enchanting music & culture and a longing to be here. Sometimes it seems the famous Irish pride is most personified by those living abroad and of Irish descent. We forget that the saying ‘far away fields are greener’ is quite ironic when uttered here, surrounded as we are by every shade of the hue in its most natural form. The really funny thing, is that most of us have experienced this pride of home – when we are abroad – any Irish pub on All Ireland Final day, doing the jump two, threes really badly to Riverdance and tracking down Barrys tea and Curly Wurly’s as if there was no other sustinance available to man. The influence of the Irish worldwide is phenomenal and never more so than on the 17th of March every year when the festival of our humble St. Patrick closes down the most influential city in the world – New York. American Irish in particular are...