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The last few weeks have been a blur for me. The reaction of people to my images has taken me totally off guard. I am so grateful for all the support and encouragement shown to me and my work...it means a lot to me.

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I'm delighted to announce that I am currently updating my site to include for an online shop, where prints of my images can be purchased. 

The images are Glicée Prints with pigment archival inks on archival photo-rag paper, giving a beautiful matt finish to the works. I just got some test prints back, and they are stunning. The online versions of these images do not do justice to the full level of detail seen in the printed versions.

A variety of sizes will be available.

I'll be posting more info soon.

I'm excited & terrified in equal measure... 

Onwards & upwards.  

Thundercut Alley

Possibly the coolest named Alley ever. I like how the design included this alley in the redevelopment of Smithfield...there was always one here.  

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Thundercut Alley ran from Queen Street to Smithfield just south of where Fresh supermarket is today, on the North West side of Smithfield.

 Thundercut Alley, 1979 - Dublin City Council Photographic Collection

Thundercut Alley, 1979 - Dublin City Council Photographic Collection

 Rocque 1756 - UCD Digital Collection

Rocque 1756 - UCD Digital Collection

'Thunder and Martin, ale and beer brewers' occupied 14, 15, 16 & 17 Church Street New, which runs from Smithfield to Bow Street on the east side of Smithfield.

 Ordinance Survey Ireland 1837-1842

Ordinance Survey Ireland 1837-1842

 Ordinance Survey Ireland 1888-1913

Ordinance Survey Ireland 1888-1913

The brewery occupied that location from 1823 until at least 1851. The 1853 Thom's Directory listing 14, 15, 16 & 17 Church Street New as 'vacant' (1852 Thom's - pages missing). Vincent Samuel & Son, iron foundry, is listed for the location in the 1855 Thom's Directory. Prior to 1822, 'Thunder (Andrew and Michael), brewers' is listed as at 11 Bow Lane, which was just around the corner from Church Street New. Bow Lane is now part of present day Bow Street. 

 Smithfield

Smithfield

The Blessington Basin

The Blessington Basin - always an oasis of calm for me in the city. I go through here as often as I can.

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I always find it fascinating the way things change in the city over time. Just behind here is a linear park, called Blessington Street Park, extending from Phibsborough down almost as far as Broadstone to the South.

 Blessington Street Park to the west of the Blessington Basin - image from Google Earth

Blessington Street Park to the west of the Blessington Basin - image from Google Earth

This park is actually the ghost of the Broadstone line of the Royal Canal. that originally ran all the way to a harbour at Broadstone, where Dublin Bus have a depot now. 

 Broadstone bus depot

Broadstone bus depot

The name Broadstone itself is descriptive of a stream crossing; the Bradogue, one of Dublin's many rivers, runs by here. The Bradogue rises in Cabra and runs to the Liffey at Ormond Quay. It is almost entirely culverted now and runs almost totally underground. 

In earlier times the stream was crossed by means of a large, oblong stepping stone - the broad stone, located near present day Constitution Hill. 

 Ordinance survey Ireland 1837-1842 with the Broadstone line coloured blue

Ordinance survey Ireland 1837-1842 with the Broadstone line coloured blue

The Harbour at Broadstone was close to the city markets and to numerous nearby institutions including the Richmond Penitentiary, the Richmond Lunatic Asylum, the North Dublin Union Workhouse, the Female Penitentiary, the Linen hall, and the King's Inns (later known as the King's Inns) 

 Broadstone Harbour, with the King's Inns in the background, early 1820s. 

Broadstone Harbour, with the King's Inns in the background, early 1820s. 

There was a Royal Canal Hotel at Broadstone; that was where passenger-carrying boats departed from. The newly extended Luas will soon be taking passengers from this location once more. 

 Ordinance Survey Ireland 1888-1913 with the Boardstone line highlighted in blue

Ordinance Survey Ireland 1888-1913 with the Boardstone line highlighted in blue