One of the great "watering holes" of Dublin, Bruxelles is located on Harry Street, off the trendy and fashionable Grafton Street in Dublin's City center. It's where I spent many a weekend evening in my youth during that great decade that was the 80's. I still occasionally drop in from time to time a..
As an artist I don't like to "pigeon hole" myself with being able to paint only one type of subject, for example just painting buildings or seascapes. I like to push myself out of my comfort zone every chance I get. After all, its still just paper and paint your working with. This is the main reason..
This is my painting of the Poolbeg Stacks in Ringsend, Dublin. More commonly know as "The Pigeon House", the two chimneys were supposed to be demolished in the early 2000's but due to public uproar they were listed as protected structures in 2014. For my money these two chimneys are as much a part o..
If there is one thing that is true and constant in Ireland and that is the quality of information and news delivered by the daily newspaper, The Irish Times, for the past 100 years. Although the building, where it is printed, has taken on several changes over the years, just like the Irish Times clo..
Located where Wexford and Waterford almost touch, is the small and ancient fishing village of Ballyhack. Together with its small but living fishing harbour and the medieval Norman Castle this is a stunning place to visit. Hook Lighthouse, the John F Kennedy household, Loftus Hall (claimed to be the..
For those of you who are not familiar with Dublin, Clery's was once a famous department store situated on O'Connell Street. More importantly, in the days before mobile phones and social media, Clery's was more famous for being the cities most popular venue for meeting a date. It was very common to s..
Possibly one of the most serene places in Dublin is St. Stephens Green. A favourite spot for office workers to have lunch on a busy day, a space to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply a beautiful place to bring your children to feed the ducks and swans. St. Stephens Green..
For those of us who were lucky enough to grow up in the Rathcoole, Saggart and Newcastle area of county Dublin, you will know it as the “Old Library”.The scene itself goes back to the “Big Snow” of January 1982 when Rathcoole was cut off for a week from the rest of the world…..well, at least Dublin ..
This is a print of an original painting of two old boats at low tide in Ballyhack, Co. Wexford. I was sitting outside Walter Byrnes pub one beautiful Summers evening enjoying a pint, when I glanced around the tiny little harbour that lies just across the road. The tide was out and these two little b..
Situated at the very top of the Hook Peninsula in Wexford is the beautiful village of Arthurstown. Primarily an old fishing village it consists of a beautiful harbour, a number of old fisherman's cottages and a single main street with the Kings Bay Inn, which has recently been tenderly restored to i..
Christmas Wishes - The Owl and The Pussycat.This is a fantastic little toy shop that is situated in the very quaint and historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. Its old world charm is as a result of this town being the original English capital of Canada and was originally built in th..
The Fusiliers Arch stands at the entrance to St. Stephens Green in the very heart of Dublin City. It was erected in 1907 to commemorate the Irish soldiers who fought and died for the British army in South Africa during the Boer War. The names of every soldier is inscribed in the ceiling of the ..