Irish Rambles

Isn't he just cuddly? - © Bernd Biege 2014 0

Making New Friends

Off to Dublin Zoo these days … to refresh the memory, to re-evaluate the attractions, to snap a few more shots (which are to follow, later, in their own feature). For now just a...

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Barrelscraping in Blanchardstown

Just a reminder that not all things Garth Brooks are culchie … spotted yesterday, after the planned (and then cancelled) five Garthfests. In Dunnes Store, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. I wonder when we will see...

Hidden and Sweet Gem in Belfast - © Bernd Biege 2014 0

Belfast’s Best … Sweets!

Can I just mention … my favourite sweet shop in Ireland? Seemingly always busy, especially with the after-school- and after-work-crowd, who drop in to pick up a selection of favourites. Dispensed the old way,...

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When the Dash for Cash Goes Crash

Today should have been that moment, when the world looked upon Dublin, with crowds in Hiaces heading for Croke Park, to worship the Second Coming … at least that what the five announced (and...

Making a Rural Deposit - © Bernd Biege 2014 0

Smelly Times in Rural Bliss

I cannot help but be continually amused by those who crave a rural life, an existence away from the city, the “Big Smoke” … and the, once they have achieved this in some Irish...

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Hoping for a Winning Combination

“Come back, Paddy Reilly, to Ballyjamesduff, come home, Paddy Reilly, to …” To check your winning numbers? Indeed it looks as if Percy French is having a (very composed) game of bingo here. He’d...

Belfast Telegraph Explanation Plaque - © Bernd Biege 2014 0

Almost Hidden History

Passing the offices of the “Belfast Telegraph“, you might just notice that there are some irregularities in the stonework. Scars. And then walk on, without a second thought. After all, it is a city...

Rape, Spotted from Slieve Coillte - © Bernd Biege 2014 0

Green v Yellow – 40:1

Slightly muted view from Slieve Coillte in County Wexford (ascend made for historical reasons … here the rebels camped) – and with a bit of a surprise. In a landscape dominated by the proverbial...

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Cursed Cottage

Just when you thought it was safe to live near the bogs … the bogtrotters come out in force. Sorry for the racial slur, but I cannot imagine which slurry pit those currently demanding...

Map-Mural in Dublin - © Bernd Biege 2014 0

Navigation Skills

It may be just me, but … if somebody tells me that a journey from Cavan to Enniskillen is too much “because my satnav is broken” … is there really any hope for mankind?...