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Ireland

Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Knocknarea

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This 1000 foot limestone hill is visually striking, as it is monolithic in appearance and stands in a prominent position on the Cúil Irra peninsula between the bays of Sligo and Ballysadare. At the summit is a large cairn of loose stones. Although it has not been excavated, it is believed to conceal a Neolithic passage tomb, and is known in Irish as Meascán Méabha and in English as Maeve’s Tomb.

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The top photograph is taken from Strandhill while the bottom one is is the view of Knocknarea from the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery - from the latter spot you can make out the cairn at the top.

Maeve is a figure in Irish mythology, probably a “sovereignty goddess”, whom a king would ritually marry as part of his inauguration.  The name Maeve is said to mean “she who intoxicates”.

Posted by bigblue on 14/09/2011 at 08:50 AM
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Carrowmore

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Carrowmore is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland. The tombs are spread out over 3.8 sq km (1.5sq mi) in the shadow of the Knocknarea to the east, over a number of fields and townlands, most of them situated near the road. Carrowmore’s placement on a low-lying gravel ridge contrasts to the hilltop situation of other cemeteries; each mounment stands on its own little eminence.
  Nearly 100 ancient monuments were originally present on this extensive site. Academic vandalism in Victorian times and modern gravel quarrying have left only about 65 sites, but the atmosphere of the area remains quite extraordinary. The majority of tombs are a mixture of small passage-tombs and dolmens, usually surrounded by a stone kerb and constructed with the large rounded granite boulders of the area. On this site there are several examples of what appear to be stone circles but which are, in fact, the kerbing stones of cairns which have disappeared. Some, however, are considered transitional forms between the heavy kerbs of cairns and the true free-standing stone circles.

~ from Stones of Ireland.

Link: Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery - offical Heritage Ireland site.

Posted by bigblue on 13/09/2011 at 08:42 AM
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Monday, 12 September 2011
Into the twilight

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Out-worn heart, in a time out-worn,
Come clear of the nets of wrong and right;
Laugh heart again in the gray twilight,
Sigh, heart, again in the dew of the morn.

Your mother Eire is always young,
Dew ever shining and twilight gray;
Though hope fall from you and love decay,
Burning in fires of a slanderous tongue.

Come, heart, where hill is heaped upon hill:
For there the mystical brotherhood
Of sun and moon and hollow and wood
And river and stream work out their will;

And God stands winding His lonely horn,
And time and the world are ever in flight;
And love is less kind than the gray twilight,
And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn.

from: Into the Twilight, by WB Yeats.

As seen in the Yeats Memorial Building in Sligo recently.

Posted by bigblue on 12/09/2011 at 11:36 PM
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Sunday, 11 September 2011
The bus stop

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I assume it’s a bus stop. There was no actual pole or post, but perhaps the bus will stop here regardless.

Posted by bigblue on 11/09/2011 at 10:00 AM
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Saturday, 10 September 2011
Post office

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Well it’s open, but they seem to be out of stamps.

We spotted this in Ireland, noting that the box contains the cypher “ER VII” on the top.  This shows that it was installed during the reign of British monarch Edward VII (1901-1910). At that time it would have been painted red. At some point it must have been painted green to resemble an Irish postbox.

Link: Photograph of a modern Irish postbox.

Posted by bigblue on 10/09/2011 at 08:50 AM
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Friday, 09 September 2011
Lost the plot?

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I might have found it for you.

Posted by bigblue on 09/09/2011 at 08:49 AM
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Thursday, 08 September 2011
Mystery sticker

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What can it represent? I spotted it on a lamp post in Ireland last month. The wording seems to have been removed, leaving just the figures of four people, probably male.  My guess is that it isn’t an advert for the local disco/nightclub but perhaps contained a revolutionary and subversive message.  Or it’s an advert for the local working men’s association, the local ferret owners’ club or some kind of hunting and fishing group.  Or ....

The bottom word which has been erased/covered looks like it could be “Rovers” ... there is a Sligo Rovers Football Club but the image doesn’t seem to go…

Posted by bigblue on 08/09/2011 at 08:32 AM
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Wednesday, 07 September 2011
A follower of fashion

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Young children tend to be the least aware of the group and society values and are the least influenced by the need to conform. However, with more social interactions and more awareness of others, the need to conform grows. Pre-teens and teenagers face many issues related to conformity. They are pulled between the desire to be seen as individuals of unique value and the desire to belong to a group where they feel secure and accepted. The result is that often teens reject conforming to family or general society values, while conforming rigidly to the norms or values of their peer group. An example of this phenomenon is seen when young people join gangs. In joining the gang they are rejecting the community’s way of dressing and behaving. Yet to belong to the gang, they must conform to the gang’s own style of dress, behavior, and speech.

Read more: Conformity, Information about Conformity.

I think the red shoes in the photo above could be one way that the “rebel” is expressing her individuality, while being part of the group/gang.

Posted by bigblue on 07/09/2011 at 08:22 AM
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