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There’s always a tension in creating a product online.  Will the tangible reality be as nice?  Dublin Green exceeded all expectations.  You can read more in this prior post about why I created the book, the second in what may become a series. You never know what a year will hold. 😉

Dublin Green

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More images from Galway Cathedral. I was able to briefly visit the cathedral on two different days.

The first day was cloudy but on the second there was a period of bright sun.

As I tried to capture the colors of stained glass shimmering on the wall, I was reminded of light dancing on water and nature’s colors reflected and rippling on the surface.

A magical moment, indeed.

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Of all the buildings that I was able to step into in Galway, I was able to spend the most time at the Galway Cathedral.  Dedicated on August 15, 1965 by Cardinal Cushing of Boston, it is noted as the youngest of Europe’s stone cathedrals.  Its art and architecture reflect many different styles and periods from Byzantine to Gothic to Romanesque.

Detail from St. Michael, by Patrick Pollen of Dublin

Detail from St. Michael, by Patrick Pollen of Dublin

Online, there are many images of the exterior.  My camera tended to focus on the variety of stained glass windows, mosaics and carvings on the interior walls.  In addition to learning the larger story of the building’s creation, it has been a pleasure to research and learn about the individual artists, like Patrick Pollen, who dedicated so many years of their lives to producing artwork for this cathedral.

Detail from St. Gabriel, by Patrick Pollen of Dublin

Detail from St. Gabriel, by Patrick Pollen of Dublin

It will take me a while to sort through the images and continue my research.  There are always stories to discover! Until I pull together my words and images about this beautiful structure, here are few images to peruse.

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Last year, I created a “book of thanks” for folks who made me feel very welcome in my travels around Dublin.  As simply the guest of one of the conference speakers, I was free to ramble about the city and especially St. Stephen’s Green.  This year, I was lucky enough to attend again (and even visit Galway). I decided I should do another book, to thank folks, and to highlight just a tiny bit of the beauty I saw as I meandered, this time, about the UCD Belfield Campus and its wonderful system of walking paths.  The images are sorted into three sections:  Amidst the Trees and in the Fields, Among the Birds, and Reflected in the Many Waters.  Below are a few excerpts and the entire book is available via this link.

 

 

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As I’ve written about before, one of the great pleasures for me of stepping into a church is to see the wide variety of artistic expression through stained glass.  Such is certainly the case with a quick visit to St. Augustine’s, a Gothic church in Galway completed in 1859.

Apparently during renovations in the 1970s, the original window over the main altar was replaced by a new window depicting the Resurrection. The artist is George W. Walsh.You can read a bit more about Mr. Walsh via this link. His father, with whom he apprenticed for several years, was a pupil of stained glass artist and illustrator Harry Clarke.

While no one seemed to mind me meandering about with my camera, I focused mostly on that window above the altar with its many lovely parts making an incredibly beautiful whole.

The other window that caught my attention happened to be a depiction of St. Augustine himself.  Later I discovered that Mr. Walsh also composed and completed that window.

It was a bit rainy that day so I did not take many exterior shots, but via this link you can view the building.  On this webpage, you can read just a bit more about the history of the Augustinians in Galway and more about the construction of this particular building.

 

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I’ve been on a bit of whirlwind travel for work and pleasure. In addition to spending time among swans, I managed to step into a few churches along the way.  Here’s a bit of the beauty to be found at the Priory of St. Mary’s, The Claddagh, Galway, Ireland.  I hope I have the opportunity to return one day.

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This is a limited edition book created for a few folk who made our recent stay in Dublin, Ireland so lovely.  It can take a lot of energy to welcome strangers into your home and treat them like family, which is exactly what one couple did.  And it can take a lot of energy to welcome visitors from around the world to your home country and make sure those visitors experience a sense of place, which is exactly what conference organizers managed to do.  Once they have books in hands, I hope they enjoy the images that could not have been compiled without their generosity, good-spirits and great walking maps.  Thank you. 😉

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Based on very nice feedback about the tree and leaf images from my recent travels, and a special request, I have begun transforming some of the images into archival quality prints.  Unframed prints of this “one tree” from Dublin are now available here.

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Okay, I have to admit, not only the mallards paused to let me snap a photo.  As I watched the swans’ feathers rustling in the winds whipping through St. Stephen’s Green, I thought of the Greek myth Leda and the Swan.  Only later as I walked through the National Library of Ireland’s exhibit on William Butler Yeats did I learn that Yeats had published a highly regarded sonnet on the subject in 1924. 

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In my travels I have not forgotten stained glass or public libraries.  Here is but a small section of a window found in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin.  Via this link you can actually see a 360 degree view of the front hall where this and several other windows can be found along with beautiful mosaics and fine carvings.  A lovely place to visit.

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