31 March, 2019

30 March, 2019

saturday critters

a dog who wanted to pose for a photo :)

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29 March, 2019

donegal bay

the Donegal Bay Waterbus is ready to start the 2019 season.  Shari and I were down here enjoying the fine weather yesterday.  Tourists will be invading this area real soon.

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28 March, 2019

central library

located in Letterkenny, co. Donegal

the footpath leading to the library entrance

details of a few of the footpath markers

23 March, 2019

saturday critters

seen on the path to Lough Mask, co. Mayo.

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21 March, 2019

the old rusty lamppost

near the stone sheds that I showed the other day.  In the center, through the tree branches, you can see the spire of St. John's Church of Ireland.

20 March, 2019


I have walked by this building numerous times and I never noticed the hand until a few weeks ago.  It's on the side of the Ulster Bank building, which makes sense, given the iconography of the coat of arms of Ulster.

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19 March, 2019

stone sheds

behind the old coastguard station.  The one with the tall roof (in the center) is the former wash house

18 March, 2019

Patrick's Parade

Patrick leading the way.  The parade started out in the sun but before it was over,  hail was coming down.  Regardless of the weather it was a fun day for all in Killybegs.

the person on the left had a Teresa May face cutout on

cute kids waving to the people

the girl was shooting out bubbles to the people

showing their support for the nurses who were on strike last month for better pay and working conditions

17 March, 2019

St. Patrick's Day

have a happy one if you celebrate the day.  If it doesn't bucket down today, we'll be at the parade when it starts at 3pm.

15 March, 2019

13 March, 2019

Storm Gareth

arrived Tues morning just as I left to do an errand.  It brought some gusty winds, hail and heavy rain which is still going on in the evening.  The forecast also mentioned there could be risks of flooding but there are no signs of that.  I wonder if spring will return with some sunny weather.

12 March, 2019

tuesday tidbits

Some random photos that I've taken during my walks

Trashman, I noticed him looking up at me, I threw him in the trash bin.  He wasn't very tough. :)

this boot needs a partner

a lost rhino

a funny face box

Elvis has left the building but not the window

the 80s wild boy

11 March, 2019

the irish flag

Before the tricolour, Irish nationalists flew a green flag with a harp on it. This older flag was first flown by Irish rebel leader Owen Roe O'Neill in 1642.

The flag was inspired by both the tricolours of France, with blue, white and red, and Newfoundland in Canada, with green, white and pink.

The tricolour was first flown publicly by Thomas Francis Meagher, leader of the Young Irelanders, in Waterford city on March 7, 1848.

With green representing republican Catholicism, and orange representing loyalist Anglicanism, the goal of the flag was to make peace and promote unity between the two traditions.

On April 15, 1848, Meagher presented the flag to the citizens of Dublin, and said: “The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the orange and the green.”

Sometimes, the orange third of the banner is identified as being gold or a shade of yellow. However, the Department of the Taoiseach state that this is a misrepresentation of its meaning which "should be actively discouraged", and that worn-out flags should be replaced.

Meagher was convicted by the British after leading a failed rebellion in July 1848. Before his trial, he told a huge crowd at Slievenamon in Co. Tipperary that future generations would one day see the tricolour flown proudly across Ireland.

There are a number of official rules regarding the flag, the main one being that no other flag should be flown above it. Another is that the green side of the flag must always be closest to the mast/hoist.

The tricolour became synonymous with Irish national identity after the Easter Rising in Dublin, when the the Irish Republican Brotherhood, Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army flew the banner above the GPO building in Dublin on Easter Monday, April 21, 1916.

The flag has achieved iconic status around the world in the last century thanks to its use at St Patrick’s Day parades from London to Chicago.

With its colours representing peace and unity between Catholics and Protestants, Bratach na hÉireann is as poignant and relevant a symbol today as it's ever been.

Info courtesy of the Irish Post

09 March, 2019

08 March, 2019

River Eske

The River Eske is a river in the northwest of Ireland in County Donegal in Ulster, beginning at Lough Eske in southeast County Donegal before flowing mainly westwards to the town of Donegal and into the Atlantic via Donegal Bay. Donegal Town is the only major settlement through which it flows.

Info courtesy of Wikipedia

07 March, 2019

new roof

being put on the Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh's Restaurant located in Donegal Town

06 March, 2019


 of spring by the bus shelter.

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03 March, 2019

tree memorial

at St. Catherine's Vocational School.  Engraved on the stone marker:  "In memory of our deceased staff and students.