Cahir’s Titanic Memorial

Cahir’s Titanic Memorial

Cahir has a number of memorials; previously I featured the memorial to Crimean Bob, “a veteran troophorse.” There is also the memorial to the Blind Piper, Edward Keating Hyland

In 2012 a Titanic memorial was unveiled in Cahir, commemorating four passengers who bought their tickets for the ill-fated passage in the town:


Liam Wall, Gents Hairdresser, Cahir

Liam Wall, Gents Hairdresser, Cahir

Justly awarded multiple “best storefront” prizes in Cahir, Liam Wall’s is a gent’s hairdresser without pretension or compromise. The signage reflects this.

This sign is actually on the alley just beside the shop:

Here is the main storefront:

Here’s a close up of the barber:


#AnimalsinChurches: Birds in stained glass window, SS Peter and Paul, Clonmel

#AnimalsinChurches: Birds in stained glass window, SS Peter and Paul, Clonmel

The #AnimalsInChurches tag leads one into a fabulous world of, well, animals in Churches. Or more specifically (or at least usually) animals in stained glass or statuary in Churches.

Here is an example I found myself from SS Peter and Paul, Clonmel at the bottom of a window depicting the Nativity:




Harry Clarke’s Stained Glass window of Our Lady of Fatima in the  Augustinian Priory, Fethard includes a fine example of sheep:


Harry Clarke window of Our Lady of Fatima, Augustinian Abbey, Fethard, Co Tipperary

Blue Anchor Lane, Clonmel

Blue Anchor Lane is an evocative name. It is a lane between O’Connell Street (the Clonmel version) and the New Quay:

It is rather unglamorous:

Another angle does not reveal much extra glamour:

However there is a plaque from Tipperary County Council with some lines of verse by CJ Boland. Boland’s most famous work denigrates the wonders of Kathmandu and other exotic locales in favour of Tipperary. This poem takes an even more localist approach:

Stained Glass from the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry, Tipperary. Part 2.

Stained Glass from the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry, Tipperary. Part 2.

Following my prior post, here are more traditional (albeit quite interesting and in one case quite intriguing) panels from the rest of the Church. Firstly St John and Mary Magdalen:

Then Peter and Paul. What is the story with Peter’s face?

The Sacred Heart appearing to St Margaret Mary:

The Immaculate Conception and St Michael The Archangel:

The Holy Family:

Two-thirds of the Patrons of Ireland:

I am intrigued by Peter’s face. It is radically different from the rest of these panels. Did something happen to it? Is it based on another image?

I always seem to be lamenting my poor skills in photographing pieces above altars – this is no exception. The ones I deleted were worse….

Every gravestone tells a story: from Drangan, Co Tipperary

Every gravestone tells a story: from Drangan, Co Tipperary

Graveyards are full of stories. Thomas Grey’s Elegy in a Country Churchyard captured this decisively in poetic form – so much so that any subsequent poem seems a pale shadow.

In Drangan, Co Tipperary, in the Slieveardagh area -a village which like Cloneen has no Wikipedia presence –  I came across this:

It is irresistably poignant to read of this man whose parents died within days of each other in 1919 (?of the Influenza Pandemic) when he was one or less. And he himself died on the 71st anniversary of his mother.

There are other stones with stories there. I am wary of intruding on grief … but here is one with a rather jollier story to tell: