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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 …

Problems, problems, problems.

It is said that problems come in threes, and this rule has certainly proved true in my transportation tribulations since the start of this year.No sooner had I posted my last piece here about the car problems that we have suffered since New Year ’s Eve, than my Suzuki decided to join in too!
I paid a visit to my brother’s house on my way home from work at the end of last week, but when I returned to my bike to go home, the starter solenoid just clicked, and the engine would not turn over.There had been absolutely no warning signs for this.Since the lights and other electrical components still worked, the battery did appear to be charging.The clicking starter solenoid, but inactive starter motor meant the problem had to be in this part of the bikes electrics.
I found a wire in this circuit where the previous owner had used a crimped connector.It fell apart when I touched it!Unfortunately this very crudely crimped joint is not the first bad repair that I have found on this bike, but after…

Problems, Problems.

It has been a busy but inauspicious end of 2019/ start of 2020 for us.
We made a New Year’s Eve trip to the beautiful, pristine beach at Portrush’s East Strand.It was crowded with surfers and walkers, many of who, like us, had brought their dogs out for a romp in the clean Atlantic air.Half the population of the town must have been scattered along the two and a half miles of golden sands between Portrush town and the start of the chalk cliffs at Whiterocks.Credit is due to all those people because despite the number of dog walkers, I didn’t spot even one un-lifted dog poo.Since the weather was mild, a few groups of kids were even sledging down some of the larger dunes behind the beach.
It was on our way home that things started to go wrong.There is no ideal time for car faults, but 80 miles from home on a New Years Eve evening added yet more spice to the mix.The engine warning light came on closely followed by a misfire that increased as the miles went by.A stop at the Applegreen servic…

Christmas Quiz Answers

Happy Christmas everyone.  See you next year.





Answers:
Haddon Sundblom:Sundblom is best remembered for his advertising work, specifically the Santa Claus advertisement.It was he who drew Santa Claus in a red suit during the twenties and he painted for The Coca-Cola Company starting in 1931.[1][2] Sundblom's Claus firmly established the larger-than-life, grandfatherly Claus as a key figure in American Christmas imagery. So popular were Sundblom's images of Claus (Sundblom's images are used by Coca-Cola to this day) that Sundblom is often credited as having created the modern image of Santa Claus.[ The Greedies, originally The Greedy Bastards, formed as a part time band with members of Thin Lizzy and Sex Pistols combining with sometime members from Dublin act The Boomtown Rats and even one time Nucleus guitarist Chris Spedding dropping by for the odd gig. The idea was to play small gigs and get paid cash in hand so as to avoid paying tax, which possibly led to the name. They …

Christmas quiz

OK, this isn't particularly Irish, except that the Christmas season is in full swing here too, but what the hell.

If you can answer all of these without having to resort to Google, you win this year’s star prize: A smug sense of Christmas superiority.  Answers will be posted here on Sunday.
Enjoy. 
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Who made Santa wear red? Who were ‘The Greedies’? Which singer has been on the most Christmas number one singles? What chance is there of a white Christmas (in the UK)? What Christmas carol was the first song ever broadcast? In which Christmas movie does ‘the Donald’ make an appearance? How much would you have to spend to match the most expensively dressed Christmas tree? Which Christmas movie was investigated as possible subversive by the FBI?

Flying pigs, and other natural wonders.

What is there to say that hasn’t been said already?The election is already fading into history, and on this side of the border we have a split EU/ UK personality to look forward to, with a border in the Irish Sea.Since both the DUP and Sinn Fein lost out at the polls, a new attempt to make our local politicians actually go to work in Stormont now may have some leverage, since even her in good old Northern Ireland, their near three year absence from work is starting to get to even the most staunch DUP and Sinn Fein voters (these two parties lost votes in this election to more centrist ones J).It’s about time someone held these absentee idiots to account.
So what happens next?In the long run, I still hold by my comments here: https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2018/11/brexit-dirty-word-in-any-european.html, that the Irish sea border could be used to Northern Ireland’s economic advantage by encouraging British companies who trade with Europe to relocate, but our politicians, especially th…

'Ello, 'ello, 'ello; what's all this then?

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It was a strange day yesterday, not least because of the election (more of which in the next post).I finished work early, so had Tilly out for her evening walk shortly after 5pm.We walked a circuit near to the shore that brought us to the top of Grey’s Hill, one of the roads that leads to Bangor’s seafront.
There the road was cordoned off with police tape, and a real life policeman to make certain of compliance.I was initially inquisitive as to why the cordon was there, but the upside down wreck of a car that was blocking the road quickly filled in the missing details.According to the BBC, the accident involved 4 cars (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-50759186The picture below is taken from here).



First, let me admit that I cannot comprehend how this accident happened on a narrow hill that has a lot of very large speed humps?It was the young policeman that really puzzled me though.As I went past the cordon and did a double take when I saw the wreckage (the car was there, a…

The sound of Stormont

A great spoof from those very funny guys at The Ulster Fry.  (https://theulsterfry.com/)


The Sound of Stormont

Christmas Jokes: Go on, you know you love them really!!

'Tis the season to cringe at all the bad Christmas cracker jokes (and there are a few of those included here!).  Lets get the only Irish joke in this selection in first.  As usual, I make no claim that these are in any way tasteful!


Enjoy.  :-)


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Knock Knock
Who's there?
Irish!
Irish who?
Irish you a happy Christmas ____ I went to the garden centre today and bought a Christmas tree. The assistant asked me, "Will you be putting that up yourself?"

I replied, "No, you sick bugger. I'll be putting it up in my living room!"
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A Marks and Spencer’s advert claims that it wouldn't be Christmas without M&S.

They're right too. It'd be Chrita.
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Nigella’s new Christmas recipe……..Cold Turkey

Maybe not presented in the same giddy style but will keep Scotland Yard off her trail.
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A couple were out Christmas shopping and the shopping centre was so packed that they became parted. The woman was not …

First World Problems?

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As seen at the Continental Market at the front of Belfast City Hall.


You know you are living in a first world country when a company like this (see picture below) even exists.



 One of their products is even more interesting/ ambiguous (see below again).  Is this product to be used on a particularly bushy growth in a personal part of the male anatomy, or is it simply a colloquial term for someone who sports a bit of face fungus?  All answers written on the back of a £10 note please.  ;-)


XXX - Harry A Franck - Belfast and Home Again - 1932

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This is the ninth and final of the Irish chapters from Harry A Franck's 1932 book, 'Footloose in the British Isles'.  You can see my introduction to these chapters here:  https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2019/11/foot-loose-in-british-isles-by-harry.html


I see that he adds a little controversy for our English friends in the final sentence!  ;-)  There were a few extra pictures a few pages further on in the book, which I have included at the end of the text.













XXIX - Harry A Franck - And Now To Ulster - 1932

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This is the eighth of the Irish chapters from Harry A Franck's 1932 book, 'Footloose in the British Isles'.  You can see my introduction to these chapters here:  https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2019/11/foot-loose-in-british-isles-by-harry.html










XXVIII - Harry A Franck - Let's Go Fishing - 1932

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This is the seventh of the Irish chapters from Harry A Franck's 1932 book, 'Footloose in the British Isles'.  You can see my introduction to these chapters here:  https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2019/11/foot-loose-in-british-isles-by-harry.html





XXVII - Harry A Franck - Back to the West Coast - 1932

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This is the sixth of the Irish chapters from Harry A Franck's 1932 book, 'Footloose in the British Isles'.  You can see my introduction to these chapters here:  https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2019/11/foot-loose-in-british-isles-by-harry.html










XXVI - Harry A Franck - Still Prowling About Dublin - 1932

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This is the fifth of the Irish chapters from Harry A Franck's 1932 book, 'Footloose in the British Isles'.  You can see my introduction to these chapters here:  https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2019/11/foot-loose-in-british-isles-by-harry.html










XXV - Harry Franck - Baile Atha Cliath 1932

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This is the fourth of the Irish chapters from Harry A Franck's 1932 book, 'Footloose in the British Isles'.  You can see my introduction to these chapters here:  https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2019/11/foot-loose-in-british-isles-by-harry.html


Sorry reader.  I had real problems getting these pages to show online, although they did show on my preview screen.  I ended up deleting the whole post and recreating it.  If you have any problems seeing any of this stuff, please let me know. 


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XXIV - Harry A Franck - Tipperary and the Curragh - 1932

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This is the third of the Irish chapters from Harry A Franck's 1932 book, 'Footloose in the British Isles'.  You can see my introduction to these chapters here:  https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2019/11/foot-loose-in-british-isles-by-harry.html








XXIII - Harry A Franck - Through Killarney to Limerick - 1932

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This is the second of the Irish chapters from Harry A Franck's 1932 book, 'Footloose in the British Isles'.  You can see my introduction to these chapters here:  https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2019/11/foot-loose-in-british-isles-by-harry.html


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XXII - Harry A Franck - Across to Ireland - 1932

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This is the first of the Irish chapters from Harry A Franck's 1932 book, 'Footloose in the British Isles'.  You can see my introduction to these chapters here:  https://oldandireland.blogspot.com/2019/11/foot-loose-in-british-isles-by-harry.html


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