Sarah Halford

Architecture and Ceramics

the emerald isle

We went to Dublin! It was great. We saw lots of wonderful Irish art and crafts, and I learned a lot about Irish history. We also drank some beer.

Here is some stained glass by Harry Clarke. It is very pretty.

Here are some mosaics that were in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology Collection’s building on Kildare St. The building is part of a larger complex, and the circular entrance way faces the Library, in a plan which closely mirrors that or the Archaeology building. The mosaics are amazing and extensive. The museum is over two floors, with a central atrium and an upper gallery, but unfortunately due to the volume of exhibits, the main atrium space is used for display, covering most of the mosaic on that area. The door ways are also amazing, with carved wood panelled doors, and ceramic enamelled door surrounds.

We went to the Guinness Storehouse. No woman no cry?

We also went to Bewley‘s, which is where the first Chinese tea imported into Ireland was served. It’s a large and beautiful tearoom, with lots of original features, such as lovely stained glass, and high backed booths. I love this sort of thing, the Orient-ification of an Irish tearoom, as the decorators and artists of the day saw it.

Having read the Wikipedia article about Harry Clarke, it seems these stained glass windows were his work also. Very beautiful!

We also visited Kilmainham Gaol, which was not only a very interesting look into Irish political history, but also a general interest story about crime and punishment in the Western world. Lovely lovely panopticon.


3 comments on “the emerald isle

  1. helen
    April 6, 2012

    i found out, on our recent jaunt, that our friend Andy makes a point of visiting prisons wherever he can around the world. The boys set out to Stanley on the south of Hong Kong Island to see the prison there (while the girls were at the Hen Party) but didn’t get to- I’m not sure why not. Seems more enlightened than my historical ‘go somewhere, visit the brewery’ habit, although EUWB are almost entirely to blame for this. Dougal is happy to continue the brewery tradition though- we managed in York but not in Chester and haven’t been away just the two of us anywhere else that I’ve not been sole driver (otherwise we might have done some whisky up north).

    also, i have just learned a new word in panopticon. From context I had thought it meant ‘big cupola’ and assumed you were being architecturally more precise as to what kind/shape/use of cupola. But the good ship wikipedia has just taught me lots about historical attempts at institutional design reform. I stand newly informed!

  2. helen
    April 6, 2012

    Also, Glasgow! Glasgow! Glasgow! When?

    • sarahhalford
      April 12, 2012

      Haha… um… well I quite fancied the Culture Hack thing, I sent the details to Dougal thinking he may be interested, but it’s Ferdia’s bday that weekend, so i think he’d rather do something else rather than learn to code. So… soon? Don’t know! What’s your uni schedule like?

      Panopticons are very, very interesting. Foucault wrote a lot about them, in terms of using them as a device of opression, and in a symbolic way a form of punishment and even psychological torture. I used to understand Foucault, but as with a lot of things, I don’t understand him anymore.

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