Monday, February 22, 2016

Boston Serial Killer?

If people falling into rivers and the sea after a night's drinking was evidence of a serial killer on the loose, I'm not sure where that would leave Ireland. Still, interesting to see the trail of perhaps-linked disappearances.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Irish wolfhound at Bunratty Castle Folk Park

I saw this Irish Wolfhound in one of the sheds. Huge dog. I wished I'd seen it walking out-and-about though (although obviously it would need some supervision!)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ailwee Caves during the rain

Last August I visited Ailwee Cave in County Clare when it was very rainy outside. I was pleased to see that the water level in the cave only raised slightly, and the staff there managed the whole process very well. The water all goes to help the stalactites, which can be seen in the photo below:

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Opius Bliss at the Beehive in Boston's South End

I caught Opius Bliss last night at the Beehive. Great set, including a cover of the Eurythmic's "Here comes the rain again". Great food too (though only one vegetarian item on the main course menu).

Friday, February 12, 2016

Who bombed Aleppo? Maybe it was the Continuity IRA

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hurling with "compromise rules" in Boston

Hurling came to Fenway Park in Boston last year. Using soccer goals, the version of hurling took a bit of getting used to. Due to the smaller pitch, "normal" hurling rules would have resulted in a huge number of points. The goals-only approach successfully avoided that.

I was less happy about the use of quarters rather than halves, and the confusing (to me) countdown which was used. But it seemed to go down well with the crowd which was more used to American sports.

All in all, a hit. Definitely looking forward to the next time hurling reaches the big time in the US!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Treasures at National Gallery, Dublin

I visited the main National Gallery location on Dawson Street (beside Leinster House) in Dublin and it was good to see how well-presented the exhibits are. Much better than I remembered from school tours 20+ years ago. Some highlights below (photos don't do them justice).