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As the previous post suggests, yes, I am on the road for a bit beginning with a return to Dublin, Ireland! A quick trip for work and pleasure, and it was certainly a pleasure to chance upon the Saint Saviour’s Dominican Priory.  I had such a short window of time to photograph that I mostly focused my attention on a few windows. These are details from one window.

Here are details from a second.

Here is the third …

Little literature could I find at the time on the church’s architecture or artwork but the stories can be discerned from the glass.

I found the building by getting lost, but if you are seeking it out, it is located at 9-11 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1. Learn more about the priory via the following link: http://www.saintsavioursdublin.ie/

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Trees reflected in the waters during that recent trip to Ireland.  That’s one good thing about being a bit snowbound.  Gives you lots of time to sit and sort through photos.

Of course that could be me trying to find the bright side as we brace for the next set of winter storms.

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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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