Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

monday mural - a new Yeats

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.

Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, August 13, 2017

unusual sights in town

These are some things you don't normally see up here.
a delivery guy walking down the street.using a pallet jack

never heard of Dutch Gold.

a sporty mustang

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Laurel and Hardy

saw these guys when we were in Sligo.  My grandmother used to watch Laurel and Hardy on television back in the day.  I can remember her laughing while watching their show.  A happy memory.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Calry Parish Church

Church of Ireland built between 1820 - 1825.  If interested in reading more about this church click here.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

flowers and a cat

seen on one of my walks through the neighborhood and yes the cat is a real live kitty :)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

W.B. Yeats Statue

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)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sligo Townhall and Mayor McHugh

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. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

sharing the road

Seen in Buncrana last week.  There have been an increase in fatalities in the last few years and hopefully this sign will be a reminder for both drivers and cyclists.

Linking up with Signs2

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Young at Heart

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!

Linking up with City Daily Photo for the monthly theme, "Young at Heart"

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday Mural

I was in Buncrana last Thursday when I saw this mural like poster that was in Rodden's Bar window.

Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Thalassa

A passenger/sailing ship, flying under the Netherlands flag, passing through Lough Foyle in Moville on 13 July 2017.

IMO: 8101276
MMSI: 246329000
Call Sign: PHYD
Flag: Netherlands [NL]
AIS Vessel Type: Sailing Vessel
Gross Tonnage: 257
Deadweight: -
Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 45m × 8m
Year Built: 1980
Status: Active

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

house work

I noticed this house a few weeks ago,  it's located down by the pier which I haven't been to in a while.
This photo was taken on 03 July 17

This one was taken on 20 July 17.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

a day by the water

fun at the Foyle one day this month.

This guy wanted to test the water while his companion looked on.  

A boater enjoying his boat heading toward Greencastle.

Two walkers enjoying their stroll and each other's company. 

 Heading down Malin Road was slow for the drivers.

 Time for a coffee