In Praise of Palmerston Park

“Before Nelson’s Pillar trams slowed, shunted, changed trolley, started for Blackrock, Kingstown and Dalkey, Clonskea, Rathgar and Terenure, Palmerston park and upper Rathmines, Sandymount Green, Rathmines, Ringsend and Sandymount Tower. The hoarse Dublin United Tramway Company’s timekeeper bawled them off: – Rathgar and Terenure! – Come on Sandymount Green! Right and left parallel clanging andContinue reading “In Praise of Palmerston Park”

From Jack B Yeats, ‘Modern Art’, 1922

“Pictures are a method of communication between the artists and those who look at their pictures; and do not forget that it is a method of communication that is less complicated than the written word, and sometimes more simple than even the spoken word. The artist tells you what the scene he painted looked likeContinue reading “From Jack B Yeats, ‘Modern Art’, 1922”

“in the first glow of such a February sun”: Gerald Blount’s walk in Dublin

As part of my Phd research on depictions of Dublin in visual art, I have also been looking at written descriptions of the city through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While my main source has been guidebooks, in the past few weeks I’ve concentrated on other written sources – fiction, drama, and poetry. One ofContinue reading ““in the first glow of such a February sun”: Gerald Blount’s walk in Dublin”