Year: 2008

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Summer sunlight streaming through the windows of St. Audoen's Church, originally uploaded by blather. Was in St. Audoen's Church today; my friend Terry is a guide there, and it is, after all, the start of Heritage Week One of the oldest existing churches in Dublin, St. Audoens is a Norman church to St Ouen, built in 1190 to replace an earlier church to St Colmcille. The three bells in the belltower are reported to date to 1423. The mysterious Lucky Stone, an early Christian grave marker, is in the porch, where it has been since 1309. The main porch also houses the Portleister Tomb, featuring two carved effigys of the church benefactor and his wife.

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Natural spiral: Snail on eucalyptus tree, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, originally uploaded by blather.

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Grey Squirrel in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, originally uploaded by blather. Grey Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland. Grey Squirrels - introduced to Ireland in a basket, as a present, in 1911 at a posh wedding in Castleforbes, Co. Longford, they've now multiplied to the point where they've caused a decline in the native red squirrel population. Greys have a wider diet, can digest unripe acords - reds cannot, so acorns vanish while the reds wait. Greys also carry diseases that they are immune to - but which can spread to reds, which are not immune. Reds can still be found in Dublin, here and there, in places like St. Anne's Park and there's plans to reintroduce them to the Phoenix...

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Georgian Houses in Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1, Ireland, named after Viscount Mountjoy, laid out in 1791 and completed between 1793 and 1818. Georgian Dublin on Wikipedia » Irish Georgian Society » Download High resolution version » Download High resolution version » Download High resolution version » Download High resolution version »

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } High water on the River Liffey, originally uploaded by blather. High water on the River Liffey, following extensive rain that caused major flooding around the country during August 2008. The water here is less than a metre away from flooding the pedestrian boardwalk. O'Connell Bridge is in the distance.

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Barbed wire shadow, originally uploaded by blather. Barbed wire shadow on a gate, Croke Park, Dublin.

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } The River Tolka at Ballybough, with floodwater from a heavy rain, originally uploaded by blather. 3" of water fell in Dublin on Saturday afternoon, causing widespread flooding. This shows water flowing rapidly under the bridge at the Tolka River at Ballybough. Usuall the water is low enough for small wading birds to cross it. Here's the Tolka River at a normal level »

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Public drinking: bottles left on the steps of Dublin Landmark, the Custom House, originally uploaded by blather. Binge drinking: bottles left on the steps of Dublin city centre landmark, the Customs House on a Saturday afternoon, August 2nd. New laws under the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 concerning alcohol consumption came into force on Wednesday July 30th. The new regulations including giving gardai ( police ) more powers to seize alcohol consumed in public earlier off-licence and nightclub closing times and stiffer penalties for those who sell alcohol to under-18s

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Cape Petrel, Daption capense, originally uploaded by blather. Here's a photo that I somehow didn't notice before... taken in the Antarctic, January 2007. Cape Petrel, Daption capense, also known as the cape pigeon, pintado petrel, is a common seabird of the Southern Ocean from the family Procellariidae. It is the only member of the genus Daption, and is allied to the fulmarine petrels. It is also sometimes known as the Cape Fulmar, Cape Pigeon, or Pintado Petrel. The Cape Petrel has two subspecies, D. c. capense and D. c. australe.

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Man with tortoise, Kamakura, originally uploaded by blather. Man with tortoise, Kamakura, near Tokyo, Japan. This fellow appear to be out walking his tortoise - which, contrary to well known fables, was moving pretty quickly, trotting alongside him and doting over him like a dog. He had to restrain it at the pedestrian crossing to stop it from the road. When the light went green, he picked it up and carried it across!