Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dublin Walls

Dublin is not noted for graffiti.

Maser is the most noteworthy name and his work is well worth seeking out. Alleyways and sidestreets in the city are the best place to look.

This very pleasant design was on a wall for quite some time, but it has been painted over recently. I don't know the artist but I'm very pleased that it was recorded before it disappeared.

Dublin Wall, Looking Up

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Luck of the Irish

This blog was set up with the vague idea of posting bits and pieces, shards of information about life and language in Ireland.

Time never seemed to be enough, so this is the first post ever to see the light of day here.

Only when I visit English speaking countries do I become aware of the fact that being Irish carries a certain cachet that I am not always able to understand.

I have met people in Australia who know more about Saint Patrick than I do. When one lives in a culture and in a veritable bath of language flow, one does not usually take time to make a fuss about nuances and discuss icons and totemic figures.

This may be the place to start...