Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Thanks for sharing my visit to the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas of Myra.

It's so very rare that we in the States get to see buildings that have stood for so long. 

Beginning tomorrow, I'll return briefly to the streets of Galway before heading out onto one of Ireland's most beautiful rivers.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


Church of St. Nicholas, Galway

"In 1912, a new organ was ordered from Norman & Beard of Norwich for the sum of £908, half of which was the gift of Mr Andrew Carnegie. A small amount of pipework was incorporated from the old Walker instrument.

This instrument has had many repairs and overhauls (with major work carried out in 1945, 1957-9, 1963, 1977-8 and 1982), during which most of the original tubular pneumatic actions were discarded in favour of electro-pneumatic replacements" (

Monday, June 19, 2017

Collegiate Church

"The Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas is a medieval church building in Galway, Ireland. It is a collegiate church and the parish church of St. Nicholas' Church of Ireland parish, which covers Galway city. It was founded in 1320 and dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of seafarers, in recognition of Galway's status as a port. The monumental work of Irish geneaology, the Leabhar na nGenealach was produced here in 1650 by Duḃaltaċ MacḞirḃisiġ (Dubhaltach MacFhirbhisigh)" (Wikipedia).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

St. Nicholas

Now from the Galway Whiskey Trail to the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas where, according to legend, Christopher Columbus once worshipped.

The church now sees use by two orthodox congregations as well as the Church of Ireland.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Irish Whiskey

I don't think I've ever had so much as a dram of whiskey in my life or ever will, but Galway is virtually awash in the stuff. 

What I like are all the shapes and colors. :-)

"Irish whiskey (Irish: Fuisce or uisce beatha) is whiskey made on the island of Ireland.

The word "whiskey" is an Anglicisation of the first word in the Gaelic phrase, uisce betha, meaning "water of life" (modern Irish: uisce beatha, Scottish: uisge beatha and Manx: ushtey bea). The phrase was a translation of the Latin term aqua vitae, which was commonly used to describe distilled spirits during the Middle Ages.

Peat is rarely used in the malting process, so that Irish whiskey has a smoother finish as opposed to the smoky, earthy overtones common to some Scotches. There are notable exceptions to these rules in both countries; an example is Connemara peated Irish malt (double distilled) whiskey from the Cooley Distillery in Riverstown, Cooley, County Louth.

Irish whiskey was once the most popular spirit in the world, though a long period of decline from the late 19th century onwards greatly damaged the industry. So much so that although Ireland boasted over 30 distilleries in the 1890s, a century later, this number had fallen to just three. However, Irish whiskey has seen a great resurgence in popularity since the late twentieth century, and has been the fastest growing spirit in the world every year since 1990. With exports growing by over 15% per annum in recent years, existing distilleries have been expanded and a number of new distilleries constructed. As of early 2017, Ireland now has sixteen distilleries in operation, with at least a further fourteen in the planning stages. However, only five of these have been operating long enough to have products sufficiently aged for sale, and only one of these was operating prior to 1975" (Wikipedia).

Friday, June 16, 2017


Poked my head into this shop for just a minute and the shopkeeper was kind enough to let me photograph these fine examples of a traditional Irish instrument.

"The bodhrán. . . is an Irish frame drum ranging from 25 to 65 cm (10 to 26 in) in diameter, with most drums measuring 35 to 45 cm (14 to 18 in). The sides of the drum are 9 to 20 cm ( 3 1⁄2 to 8 in) deep. A goatskin head is tacked to one side (synthetic heads or other animal skins are sometimes used). The other side is open-ended for one hand to be placed against the inside of the drum head to control the pitch and timbre." (Wikipedia)."

Thursday, June 15, 2017


One of my first missions upon arriving in Galway was to set out on foot and to get oriented.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


It had been many years since I last set foot in Ireland and even then for only a brief stopover in Shannon before flying on to Great Britain. So I was very pleased this time to be able to explore the island a little, beginning with a quick trip up the M18 from Shannon to Galway and the little bayside suburb known as Salthill.

"The M18 motorway (Irish: Mótarbhealach M18) is an inter-urban motorway in Ireland, forming part of the Limerick, Ennis to Galway national primary road, which, in turn, forms part of the Atlantic Corridor called for as part of the Transport 21 project" (Wikipedia).

BTW, yesterday was a great day for Democrats in Virginia. Northam won the primary, but pledged to work with his rival, Perriello, to unite the party for next year's election.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Back Again

Travel is always an adventure. That's my mantra. So long as you're expecting an adventure, you know that you'll never be disappointed. This trip was no exception. But as a friend of mine said recently, "All's well that ends well." And I suppose he's right. Looking forward to sharing some images from my travels.

BTW, the steady stream of people in and out of my local polling place this morning certainly was suggestive. Today is the Virginia gubernatorial primary.

Friday, May 26, 2017


"The Menominee (also spelled Menomini, derived from the Ojibwe language word for 'Wild Rice People;' known as Mamaceqtaw, 'the people,' in the Menominee language) are a federally re-cognized nation of Native Americans, with a 353.894 sq mi (916.581 km2) reservation in Wisconsin. Their historic territory originally included an estimated 10 million acres (40,000 km2) in present-day Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The tribe currently has about 8,700 members. (Wikipedia)"

Thursday, May 25, 2017

March Leader

Interesting how the D.C. police like to lead marches with a motorcycle ahead of a an SUV. I'm sure there is a good reason.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


This would have been a great spot from which to photograph the march. Unfortunately, you probably had to pay the price of admission into the Newseum to do so.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Act.TV. I'm learning about all kinds of media outlets I had never heard of before.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Pejuta is a word from the Lakota meaning "medicine". Notice the word printed on the drumhead in the lower right hand side of the photo.

Friday, May 19, 2017


I never quite figured out what the purpose of this circle of people. Periodically they would stop and sit before getting up and advancing still farther.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


"The Keystone Pipeline System is an oil pipeline system in Canada and the United States, commissioned in 2010 and now owned solely by TransCanada Corporation. It runs from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in Alberta to refineries in Illinois and Texas, and also to oil tank farms and an oil pipeline distribution center in Cushing, Oklahoma. The pipeline came to a greater prominence of attention when a planned fourth phase, Keystone XL, attracting growing environmental protest, became a symbol of the battle over climate change and fossil fuels, and in 2015 was rejected by then President Barack Obama. On January 24, 2017, President Donald Trump took action intended to permit the pipeline's completion."

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother Earth?

Once again, work dictates I take a short break from blogging. So I've queued up some more images of Climate March 2017 for the days I'm away. I'll see you again here and online soon. 

Monday, May 15, 2017


Evidently some people joining the march first rallied here on the steps of the Canadian embassy. Were they Canadians?

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Crowds at the Climate March in D.C. swelled beyond expectations. I saw estimates of between 150,000 to 200,000 people. Trump yesterday called us "a small group of failed voices." I assume he is including the T-Rexes in that comment. They will not be happy. :-)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Snake Oil

Spotted this guy selling "snake oil" next to the George Gordon Meade Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Friday, May 12, 2017


The T-Rexes were quite naturally misbehaving and going the wrong way to boot. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


After lunch, I headed back towards Pennsylvania Avenue
and the thick of the Climate March action. . .

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


After a rally next the the U. S. Supreme Court, but before the Climate March got underway, I went to get a bite to eat, passing through the Upper Senate Garden on my way.

"The main fountain is fabricated of Minnesota Pink granite, with a basin of Minnesota Green granite. The piers and other granite elements facing the Russell Senate Office Building terrace are made of Mount Airy granite, which blends visually with its surroundings. ("

Monday, May 8, 2017


Protest signs stacked and ready for distribution to Climate March participants in front of the U. S. Department of Labor on Constitution Ave.

Marquee next door to the United States Supreme Court

Sunday, May 7, 2017


A sampling of some of the protest merchandise being sold on D.C. streets these days. I think I most like the "We the People" and Statue of Liberty buttons. How about you?

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Quadrangle Development Corp., owner of this 12-story building near the National Theatre, is razing and replacing the 25-year-old tower with a brand-spanking new 283,000-square-foot, 13-story building