Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Past and Present. Vol 3 (Templemore Town Hall)

The town hall was originally erected at the expense of Sir John Craven Carden's tenants and to his instructions in 1816 as a Market House. After the killing of two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary in the County Tipperary Soloheadbeg Ambush by members of the IRA in January 1919, the Irish War of Independence began. British soldiers and RIC based in Templemore were involved in operations to suppress IRA guerrilla activity.

On 16 August 1920, Templemore Town Hall was burned down by the British Army in reprisal for the killing of District Inspector Wilson. D.I. Wilson was shot by Volunteer James Stapleton on the orders of local IRA commander James Leahy. Troops of the Northamptonshire Regiment based in Richmond Barracks took petrol from a local garage to burn the hall while they shot up local businesses with indiscriminate rifle fire. Lieutenant Colonel S.H. Beattie, the son of Sir Andrew Beattie, Dublin, who accompanied the soldiers was engaged to Wilson's daughter. Beattie, a decorated World War I veteran, either fell from a ladder or jumped from a window and died from burns and broken bones later that night. Some days later badly burned human remains apparently crushed by fallen beams along with bits of kit and a rifle with a bayonet attached was found as local workmen cleared the ruins of burnt out buildings. The soldier was identified as Lance Corporal H. J. Fuggle whom the authorities claimed was a deserter. 

In a second reprisal following an IRA ambush on a patrol in Thomastown, County Kilkenny in which three British soldiers died, the troops once again rampaged through Templemore burning and looting houses and premises causing extensive damage. Townspeople feared the town would eventually be entirely reduced to ruins. Edward McGrath another local IRA leader was held captive in Richmond Barracks and was forced to accompany military patrols as a hostage before he was transferred to Ballykinlar internment camp.

The Town Hall building was rebuilt in 1927 and was widened. The ashlar masonry of the quoins and dressings are clearly the work of skilled craftsmen. The plethora of ornamental features underlines the importance of this building in the town of Templemore. Its unusual shape and dominant location are such that the town hall makes a strong and positive contribution to the streetscape where it proudly stands today.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gordo's Top Tip #5

Are you still using your old busted ass iPhone and don't have the newest model? Want to be the bee's knees in your social circle, then follow this top tip.

Simple solution to look like the up to date gadget type that you are at no cost.

Simply change your email footer to say you have the latest model and fool absolutely everyone, then sit  back and watch those business deals close all by themselves (almost).

Best regards,


Sent from iPhone 6 Plus (the new one)!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wheel falls of Dublin Ambulance

Dublin Fire Brigade investigating how a wheel fell off an ambulance while driving

AN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched after a rear wheel fell off a Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance.
It is latest in a string of incidents raising questions over the safety of ambulances in Ireland.
It is understood the incident occurred at 7.30am this morning when the vehicle was driving on the N3 near Kempton in Dublin.
Dublin Fire Brigade said the ambulance was returning to the station and there were no patients on board.
A statement said the ambulance had a “wheel problem”, and confirmed that the incident is currently under full investigation.
A source said that no one was seriously injured in the incident.
Last month, an HSE ambulance transferring a patient from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda to St James’s Hospital Dublin broke down on the way.
It is understood that the ambulance was carrying a patient who was on life support.
The National Ambulance Service said the crew reported that the ambulance had lost power on the M1 motorway at 4.48pm on Saturday.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Trim Castle AKA York Castle from Braveheart

Trim Castle (Caisle├ín Bhaile Atha Troim) is a Norman castle on the south bank of the River Boyne in Trim, County Meath, Ireland. With an area of 30,000 m², it is the largest Norman castle in Ireland. Over a period of 30 years, it was built by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter as the caput of the Lordship of Meath in 1173.

In the Movie Braveheart the fortified English town of ‘York’ is Trim Castle, a massive ruin brought to life with extensive wooden buttresses and a gate that alone weighed seven tons.
The ‘London square’ was also created at Trim, on the other side of the castle wall. (Trim Castle can also be seen in Sam Fuller’s 1980 war movie, The Big Red One, with Lee Marvin). The town of Trim is about 26 miles northwest of Dublin on the River Boyne, Co Meath.

Movie set from Braveheart

Movie set from Braveheart

Movie set comparison

Movie set comparsion

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Spotted today in Dublin:
This guy is seriously whipped or someones in big trouble for messing up the washing!

Yes his shorts are also pink, and he turned quite a few heads.