Moville is a small tourist town, situated on the west bank of Lough Foyle and the eastern edge of the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula, near the northernmost point in Ireland. Across Lough Foyle lies Northern Ireland, with the city of Derry being about 30 km south of Moville. While most of our days are spent in Moville, we do hop on a bus fairly regularly and wander around in a different town, thus the blog name, Somewhere in Ireland.
Located in Sligo, this is a Friz creation done in 2012 I showed one of her murals before.
The central character is a representation of the
Garavogue river that flows through the town. She wears shell earrings
and a crown of oak leaves, two symbols present on the crest. Other parts
in the design that are featured on the crest are the tree, hares and
stones (representing the tower/castle). The two prominent mountains
visible from the town, benbulben and Knocknarea are in the background.
The Bredagh River runs through Moville and parts of its trail were flooded. In the photo below, the water rose high and fast enough to cover some of the stairs thus blocking the access to the other side. No one was worrying about flooding here because we are on higher ground. It was reported that parts of the north and west flooded after 101mm (4 inches) of rain fell in just 9 hours. Our friend left a message on social media saying they lost everything but at least they had insurance. Still it will take time to recover from such an event.
Yesterday it rained and poured all day with thunderstorms. There was flooding all around here, some roads and some bridges were totally washed away. We were lucky and only lost our internet connection last night. A friend who lives in Muff (about 15 minutes from Moville) couldn't get home. She, her husband and baby were stranded with some other people at a gas station. We just found out that their house is flooded and they won't be able to go back. We are listening to the radio and lots of people were affected and can't go home. Hopefully things will be worked out for each and everyone of those affected.
Unfortunately, early in 2017 the building which carried this magnificent painting was deemed to be in a dangerous condition by Sligo County Council, and the building was demolished with little or no notice being given to the general public. A lot of people were devastated by the demolition of the building, not for the sake of the building itself, but the fact that this wonderful painting had also disappeared.
Then, in the middle of May 2017, a new painting of W. B. Yeats was erected on an adjacent building. Not quite as big or imposing as the original, but equally as welcome an addition to the streetscape of Sligo Town as the painting it had just replaced.
This new painting has also received highly complimentary comments from everyone who has seen it, and I personally think its a fantastic, very life-like, photo-realistic painting of one of Sligo's most important ex-patrons who is now a major attraction in the towns tourist industry. The painting is the brainchild of Sligo Tidy Towns Committee, who commissioned Nik Purdy to once again paint W.B. Yeats on this building, and to breathe some life and colour into an otherwise drab looking corner of the town.
Courtesy of the Sligo Town website
Which version do you like?
I like this one but the old one was pretty impressive too. It's too bad you couldn't have both.
This original, unusual statue of Ireland’s national
poet William Butler Yeats was unveiled by his son in 1989 to mark the
50th anniversary of the writer’s death. The statue is located on Stephen Street, Sligo, in front of the Ulster Bank. Fashioned by Irish sculptor Rohan Gillespie, the statue is distinctive for billowing shape, and its engravings of excerpts from some of Yeats’s best-known poems. In 2005, the Yeats statue was demolished by a drunk driver who failed to stop for police. It was later restored again and returned to its original site. (Courtesy of Choose Ireland website)
We were in Sligo yesterday for an eye test. The clinic wanted to see how I progressed since the surgery. I was happy with the results but was informed that a new cataract is starting to form in my right eye. So, I guess in a few years I will be returning to Sligo for more surgery. :(
Sligo Townhall is a detached seven-bay two-storey Lombardo Romanesque palazzo-style town
hall, built c. 1865, returning nine-bays to south, with central
single-bay break-front, three-stage square-plan clock tower to
north-east. Extensively restored and rennovated, c. 1998 (Wikipedia)
To the right of Sligo Townhall stands a statue of Mr P. A. McHugh who was Mayor of Sligo in 1888, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898 and 1900 and also a Member of Parliament for North Leitrim in 1892. McHugh died in 1909, with this fine statue being erected in his honour in 1916. (Wikipedia)
Fergus is my "young at heart" candidate. He is a 15 year old Westie. We took care of him while his mother was traveling abroad. These photos were taken when he was 13, still an old age for a dog. He is a bundle of energy and still going strong. Everyone he meets loves this little man.
Here he is it at his favorite beach, Fintra in Killybegs. Gotta get the feel of this place before I play.
Fetching the ball
I see you, do you see me?
Gotta look nice for the camera
I have to stop by Dave the butcher to see if my bones are in. A dog has to have his bones, ya know.
I love getting cards from friends and family
How do I look? Fabulous I presume
Even I need to get my beauty sleep. It's been another glorious day!