Tag Archives: Dublin

Tom 365 – November 29, 2015

And then just like that it is over. 

Heading home from our much too short stay in Dublin. 

Tom 365 – November 28, 2015

Getting the Christmas Season started with a kick at the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin. 

Tom 365 – November 27, 2015

Yes, we saw U2 again. Only this time in Dublin. 

Better than any Black Friday Sales back home. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Sneaking one in on the last day!

Dusk in Wisconsin

Dusk in Wisconsin. Does dusk count as Nighttime?

A view from the river, Color.

Nighttime in Chicago,

Half Penny Bridge, Dublin

Nighttime in Dublin.

The Spirit of Belfast

Nighttime in Belfast.


A very late night bar.




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Window 3

One last set of window pictures from Dublin.  This time they are from the Chester Beatty Library.  The pictures were taken in the outside garden by the library, and although this window does not have any glass, it did have beautiful wrought iron details.

Chester Beatty Window

A closer look shows the other side of the garden, and the people who pass through it.

Chester Beatty Window 2




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Window 2

Staying Dublin for my second post on this weeks theme.  This time we travel  to the old jail outside the city, Kilmainham Gaol.

Cell Windows

The first picture is the windows looking down into the courtyard inside the jail.  This is where the guards or prisoners with more privilege would keep a watch over the other inmates.

Cell Window Inside

The second is a view from inside a cell.  This would be the daily view seen by the prisoners, most notable those incarcerated for the 1916 Easter Rising.




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Window 1

I really like this challenge, so there may have to be more than one entry this week.

Dublin B&B Window

Last year, we took a family trip to Ireland. This was the view of the back garden from our room. I wish I could remember the name of the B&B we stayed in, but I am hoping my lovely wife will supply that detail.  What I do recall is that we were facing St. Stephen’s Green, on the south end of the park.  The rest of my family was staying at The Shelbourne, so Maureen and I had a nice walk each morning through the park to meet up with them.




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Tom 365 – A New Begining

Two years ago, I started a year-long project on my FacePage entitled Tom 365.

It all began with this photo:

January 1, 2012  -  Tom 365

Missing only two days due to a bout of food poisoning, I posted a picture a day of myself.  What has now become known as a selfie.  I was a pioneer and never knew it.

The year did produce some memorable moments such as this:

Marilyn and Me and Mo  -  Tom 365  -  February 18, 2012

And this:

Tom 365 - McRib is Back

But there were also some sweet shots like this:

Tom 365 - December 9, 2012

And this:

Happy Birthday - Tom 365

And there were many pictures like this:

Parade Day  -  Tom 365

The final picture was taken in Dublin, Ireland.

the Last Tom 365

And then just like Keyser Soze, it was gone.

Now a year after that final photo appeared, Tom 365 is ready to return.  Only this time I am not going to turn the camera around.  This year, Tom 365 is not going to be about me, but about the world I see.  But in true selfie form, it will be seen through the eyes of my iPhone and my Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Unlike the original Tom 365, this year I will post directly here.  But just like the original, I have no idea what I am doing or where this year will take me.

As my lovely wife would say, it will be another adventure.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

Sneaking in on the last day again.

When I first saw the title of this weeks challenge, I instantly knew what color would represent my hue.  It would be grey.  I then thought would then find a great black and white photo to express that hue.  I also knew what photograph I wanted to use for the challenge.  It was a black and white picture I took outside the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.  On the front lawn of the library there is a brick pathway that snakes through the grass, and at the end of each path there is the head of a serpent.

The Serpent Pathway

The black and white photo would be perfect to express my grey hue.

But when I located the picture on my camera, I was surprised to find another photo that I liked even better, and it gave me a whole new hue.


The Serpent Pathway

Even more than the first, this photo represents my hue. It is my heritage and family, a place I have enjoyed, and my desire to travel.  My wife and I plan to visit Ireland again, and also travel to other great places.

We have so many greener pastures to explore.




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Home Again – The Return from Ireland

We just got back last night, and as soon as we dropped our bags at the front door, Maureen and I lapsed into a coma like state, and slept for the next twelve hours.  The trip was a success.  I am sure I will post much more later, but here is a quick retrospect of our trip to Ireland.

We started with an eight-hour layover in Manchester, were we got to take a look at Manchester Cathedral.

Manchester Cathedral

Next stop was Limerick.  This photo is of the Treaty Stone, marking the Treaty of Limerick in 1691.  Limerick Castle is in the background across the river.

The Treaty Stone

From there it was a quick drive to Kilkenny to see another castle, and a really neat town.

Kilkenny Castle

Next up was five days in Dublin with my family.  There will be a lot more on that later.  Pictured below is Kilmainham Gaol, the old Irish jail.

Kilmainham Gaol

On New Year’s Day, we drove up to one of our favorite cities the last time we were in Ireland, and that was Belfast.  We arrived after dark, and as we wandered the city center we found a sculpture entitled, “The Spirit of Belfast.”

The Spirit of Belfast

Our final destination was Bushmills, although we did return to Belfast for one more night to meet up with friends before we had to head home.  This is St. John the Baptist Church.

St. John the Baptist Church