Dublin, for many, is about books, pubs and pints. It is a city where (mostly) men have gathered for centuries into the pubs to grumble about life, women and literature. It is a city of which one famous writer (yes, James Joyce) said that it is impossible to walk across the city without passing a pub on every street (actually, it is possible, but will take some effort). For me, Dublin was always about books (mostly). But strangely enough, for a city of its size and with all its literary connections, Dublin did not have an abundance of awe-inspiring bookshops. Nevertheless, there were few of those cosy little nooks that invite you to step in every time you happen to pass by.
Ireland is often described as an island of storytellers; its boggy marshlands, steep sea cliffs, vibrant villages and hours passing by holding a pint offer and endless source for anyone for a lookout for a story. Apart from the inspiring landscape, Dublin is named as a City of Literature by UNESCO and, quite fittingly, one of Dublin’s most visited tourist attractions is a library and an ancient book – that is, The Long Room and The Book of Kells.
Viime tipassa sain valokuvaprojektini Dublin365 päätökseen – ei, en koskaan opi tekemään tehtäviäni ajoissa! Nyt tilkka samppanjaa uuden vuoden kunniaksi: huomenna päätän alkoitanko samanlaisen kuvasarjan täältä Lontoosta.
Kiitos kaikille ihanaisille Murusten lukijoille kuluneesta vuodesta: se oli ensimmäinen vuoteni bloggaajana, ja hauskaa oli! Toivottavasti teilläkin!
I managed to finish off my Photo Project Dublin365 just in time – yes, I’ve always considered procrastination as a virtue! Now it is time for a tiny drop of champagne to kick off the new year: tomorrow I shall decide if I should start a similar, London365, project.
Thank you all lovely people and readers of the Crumb for the past year: my first year as a blogger, such fun!
Valokuvaprojektini Dublin365 lähestyy loppuaan: 75 valokuvaa ja 23 päivää jäljellä. Ohessa väliaikaraportinomaisesti Dublinia Sateenmurun silmin, valokuva-albumi löytyy kokonaisuudessaan Facebook-sivuiltani eli täältä.
My precious little Photo Project is approaching its end: 75 photos to publish, 23 days left. This is Dublin the way I saw it. You can also check out the entire album on my Facebook page here. Continue Reading…
My arrivals to Dublin have always been personally significant. From my first in 2000, when I was still a teenager, I only remember a few details: I remember the bus journey from the airport to Heuston station and the few hours wait before my train to Westport would leave. Dublin seemed quiet and grey to me, the rain descended as a dense mist rather than drops. Continue Reading…
On the shelves of Trinity College’s library, The Long Room, you can admire 200 000 copies of Ireland’s oldest books under a sombre, barrel-vaulted ceiling. The Trinity library began in 1592, almost at the same time as Queen Elizabeth I opened the university, although the Long Room itself dates from the early decades of the 18th century, being Ireland’s oldest library with over 5 million books.
The landscape in Donegal is mountainous and defined by its two mountain ranges. County Donegal, in Ulster, is mainly formed by the Derryveagh range, and the land around it has Ireland’s lowest population density. Derryveagh has seven high peaks which are know as the Seven Sisters, and the highest of these is Errigal. Continue Reading…