March Miscellany

shovel

Another selection of Irish ‘normalities’ which have caught my English eye over the last few months (the previous selection is here). They have amused me, surprised me and sometimes baffled me. I have the greatest respect for their ‘Irishness’ – a unique outlook on life and culture from a small island which has made a big mark on the world. Mostly the images need no commentary but I have provided a little information for the curious at the end of the post.

them jobs

holy water

scrap

sprigging

ford hare

red light

shrine

luckyhouse

posterity

till he comes

walker

walking

offerings

Most of the images are from our own neighbourhood, but the spectacular wells and shrines – including the one above (to St Brigid) were seen on our trip to Clare. Can’t resist just one more image: it’s the view we enjoy every day from Nead an Iolair, constantly changing and always arresting.

panorama

Juxtapositions

holywater

I can’t help it – I’m addicted to the oddities of everyday life in Ireland. They are only odd to me, of course: a temporary blow-in from England. To someone local they are normal and expected. This is a visual post: perhaps that’s because it’s late on Sunday night and we have only just arrived back from a weekend away in Cork. We went to the opera, but that’s another story. Meanwhile, have a look at some of the things that have caught my eye, fascinated or amused me over the past few weeks…

graves

welcomeinn

for sale

mamurphys

signs

robertscove

parlour

sullivans

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