Thursday, April 18, 2019

National Print Museum of Ireland

An unexpected discovery near my hotel is the National Print Museum of Ireland. It is located in the renovated Beggars Bush Barracks which "In 1827...was established as a British Army military barracks" and the museum is in the Garrison Chapel building. The Irish "Free State forces were based here during the Civil War" which was in reaction to the Anglo-Irish Treaty with the United Kingdom that resulted in the division of  Ireland and established what we now know of as Northern Ireland.  It was this treaty in the early 1920's that forced Ella Young to leave her beloved Ireland and relocate to California.

The museum has many treasures of early printing in Ireland and it also is home to the original of the Proclamation of the Republic that was read by Patrick Pearse at the General Post Office and kicked off the 1916 Easter Rising and yet another war for Irish independence. It was very moving for me to read the proclamation again knowing that this time I was reading the original.

I also viewed an exhibit of print work on the moon landing of 1969 that "explores Ireland’s response to the man landing of the moon through print. Given the historical significance of the events of July 20th, 1969, a range of coverage was evident across the island." Here is the front page of The Irish Times:

Since I'm always willing to subvert the modern paradigm I really enjoyed this artist's work on the potential reality that the landing was just a hoax - but then I've been questioning the US government since 1967:
I ended my day's journey back in the Dock area shooting with my film camera. Met another serious photographer there who was quite taken by my unusual camera. He and I had a lovely chat together. The film photos will have to wait until my return and the film is processed. Here are two iPhone snaps from the Dock - it was a sunny late afternoon and everyone around me was enjoying the moment at day's end.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dublin - Grand Canal Dock

Twilight walk  in the area around my hotel.  "Grand Canal Dock is an area in Ringsend near Dublin city centre, surrounding the Grand Canal Docks, an enclosed harbour or docking area between the River Liffey and the Grand Canal. Since 2000 the area has undergone significant redevelopment as part of the Dublin Docklands area redevelopment project."

My son-in-law works at the nearby international headquarters for Facebook and I've never explored this area of Dublin.  I am still feeling unreal about the fact that I am back in Ireland after nine years. I have a bit over 3 weeks to reconnect, nourish my heart and my soul. At this moment the birds are singing down the day - a chorus of welcome for which I am deeply grateful. 

Grand Canal Dock:

The Dock area continues to build. Below is  Boland's Mill, an important historical structure that is  being carefully restored while allowing for modern growth:

Along the Grand Canal Quay,  people walked home for work and went out for evening activities. Lining the canal are Edwardian brick townhouses. As I strolled along I thought about Yeats, Ella Young and AE - perhaps also they strolled along here deep in esoteric thoughts and reflecting upon Ireland and magic - and, no doubt, the British.  

From Carmel Valley to Dublin in one very long day. I'm here now and tomorrow when I awake I will know I am home.