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In homage to all those photo blogs out there, here are a few of mine. You will have to forgive that they most were taken on my phone. It is not an expensive one, or particularly high tech, but I like these few pics.
A ship called Dignity - On Arran many years ago (OK, this is in Scotland, but I wanted to get this pic in).
The boat house at Castle Ward, Co. Down.
Dundrum Castle, Co. Down, looking towards the Mournes.
Below are as many Irish jokes as I could rustle up. Feel free to add more in the comments to this. Enjoy.
mate Paddy just told me that he robbed a shop last night.
"What did you get?" I asked.
"26 pictures," he smiled, showing me. "The cheapest one is worth
I said, "Paddy, these are from an estate agents." A spokesman at Ringsend sewage
plant in Ireland has announced plans to extend its capacity. "By how much?”,
asked the reporter. He replied, "Two turds." Paddy texts his wife...
“Mary, I’m just having one more pint with the lads.
If I’m not back in 20 minutes, read this message again.” One
afternoon Paddy and Mick were having a pint at a pub across from a brothel. For
the craic, they sat in the front so they could watch the comings and goings
across the street. The two lads were shocked when a Presbyterian minister
walked into the brothel.
"Begod," says Paddy, "that's a shame to see a man of th…
Those who have travelled the main road between Bangor and
Belfast will know the corner known as ‘the Devil’s Elbow’, which is located
just before the junction leading to Seahill/ Rockport.On the left side of the road when travelling from Bangor there is a
small road leading up into the Holywood hills.It is now called Carney Hill, but according to this article that name
derives from Carnage Hill.To see where
it got this name read on.
Many thanks are due to Sam, my friend and avid local history
buff.It was he who originally showed me
a paper copy of this book.Unfortunately
it is not a proud episode in our history.
This memoir of a much loved pet was sent by a
friend, Mark McClean. The hugely strong links formed with family pets never
ceases to amaze me, as does the trust that these beautiful animals place in the
strange two legged companions that they choose to live with.Dogs can melt the hearts of even the strongest
of us.Rest in peace Gracie.
all started in 1987. The setting was a small fictional town in northern
California called ‘Santa Carla’. The protagonist was a young teenage boy called
Sam and his husky-type dog: Nanook. The inciting
incident of the film plot unfolds to reveal Sam, along with Nanook and his
family have just moved into a small sleepy seaside town stalked by vampires! Have you guessed the film? The Lost Boys. It was a cult-classic of
the late ‘80s starring the late Corey Haim, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland.
the middle of all the punchy one-liners, guts and gore special effects a
typical 80s horror film had and a catchy soundtrack to boot, I happ…
Teresa is still sticking fast to her no second vote stance, despite the current
shambles.I know that a small majority
voted leave, but really, how much worse is it to be governed by Brussels than
by the current occupants of Westminster, especially after they have proved
themselves so incapable of running anything over the last few years?Here in good old ‘Norn Iron’, we have the
additional joy of having politicians that have been absent from Stormont for
years but who are still getting paid!It’s
nice to know that all the important issues they are supposed to deal with are
such a priority for them.
Welcome to Old Ireland. My initial idea for this site was to cover only classic vehicles, but
since classicireland.ie was already taken and the best alternative I could find
was this one, my thoughts for the site began to broaden.A lot of the inspiration for this comes from the
few magazines for which I have written articles.Let’s get these mentioned early, because you
should not be surprised to see a little of their influence here.Real Classic is subscription only in print,
but also has an excellent site at https://www.real-classic.co.uk/,
where Frank, Rowena and a host of writers entertain and inspire.Then there is Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly,
formerly in print monthly, but now only on line at http://mnmotorcycle.com/.MMM’s archives could keep you reading happily
for months, and the like it or not truths told by Thomas Day (Geezer with a
grudge: see his own site at http://geezerwithagrudge.blogspot.com/),
should make everyone on two wheels pause for thought.If you have time on the …
Those of you with long memories may remember the movie,
where a possessed Norton Commando periodically struck down anyone within
range.The BMW Funduro mentioned in the
last Motorcycle story here developed similar tendencies.I extolled its virtues as bike with decent
power and good handling all for the price of a BSA Bantam.But while I was using the bike, a number of
design flaws haunted my daily commute, but the last one beat them all.
For those who don’t know, the Funduro was a BMW designed
(and branded) motorcycle, built in Italy by Aprilia, using an Austrian Rotax
engine.They were made from 1994 to
2000, with a revision in 1996 that addressed the major fault discussed in this
The BMW Funduro, as bought The previous owner of my 1994 Funduro had left it unused
under a cover in his garden for a couple of years, so I always knew that it
needed work to make it roadworthy.As
usual, I completely underestimated what would be involved in fixing a 20 odd year
old bike with 30,000 miles …
Let’s face it, when you are buying second hand it pays to be
cautious and to look for faults that the buyer may not have declared.I have no problem with this, although I do
try to be as honest as I can when selling anything.What I do have a problem with are undisclosed
problems that would be dangerous, but which would be impossible to find on any
inspection without both prior knowledge of what to look for, and disassembly of
the item being bought. Old and new sprockets from the Funduro. The gearbox output shaft should be a good fit in the splines shown on the new sprocket on the right. Instead its splines wore quickly to almost non existence.
If you have read my last two motorcycle related posts here,
you will have followed the tale of me buying and fixing up an old 1994 BMW F650
Funduro for winter transport.You will
also have read of the numerous faults that these bikes are afflicted with and
the ones that I suffered.I have no
doubt that if BMW had produced a car that had the number …
My mother died earlier this year, so while her stories of growing up and making her way her in Ireland are still fresh, I thought I would write a few down. I hope you enjoy them. _____ We all know that the last 40 years or so have been a time of
massive change throughout the world, not least because of technological change.The transformation of Ireland from insular
island to outgoing European state has been no less spectacular in that
time.Go back another 40 or 50 years
beyond that, a time still in the living memory of many of our older citizens, equally
great influences like the great depression, world war and the birth pains of
the Free State itself were making their mark.Into this maelstrom, in 1929, my mother was born on a small farm in the
Ox Mountains of Co. Sligo, right on the border with Mayo. The middle child of three, they seem to have had an idyllic
upbringing. My grandfather was obviously in love, for at some point the family moved
to a farm near Coolaney, Co. Sligo, and f…
There is at least one urban
myth about the Paddock that is still circulating in local bars.I know this because after a recent night out
with his now middle aged biking mates, my brother surprised me by recounting
the story when I visited him. What I
thought had passed to the realm of a few peoples memory seems, like all good
myths, to have developed a life of its own and to have grown with time and grey
hair.But I know the less exotic truth,
because I was there.
Let’s call the antihero of
this story Boomer, to protect the guilty you understand, for he is now a
settled family man and comes complete with a wife, a daughter and a
caravan.It’s a daft name I know, but
you should try finding one that hasn’t been used at some point by the myriad of
souls who attached themselves to this place, and given the subject matter to be
discussed here, I wouldn’t …