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    The Church of The Assumption - Interior

    by suvanki Updated Apr 25, 2009

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    I'm pleased that this church was open, and that I got the chance of a good look around, as there were some unexpected treasures inside.

    The church contains a belfry, nave, transepts, sanctuary porches and a sacristy. Entering through the door (North side), I was surprised to see how light and airy the church appeared. The wooden timbered barrel like ceiling caught my eye. This is supported by stone corbels, which are carved angels heads. The part above the transept is supported by 4 polished granite columns. These have Corinthian capitals, which have finely carved acanthus leaves and scrolls, which are in the style of Greco - Roman.
    The angels can be seen to be holding open scrolls with words.(pic 4) They form the verse from Psalm 91:11 "He hath given his angels charge over thee to guard you in all thy ways"
    The pair of angels above the choir loft (which I missed) are in dedication of the Archangels Michael and Raphael.
    In the choir loft (pic 2) is the church organ, which has 13 pipes.

    The High altar (Central) is flanked by 2 smaller side altars. If you look on the high altar you can see the IHS monogram, (This is a medieval Latinised Greek symbol of the name of Jesus Christ)
    In the apse is a tabernacle, where the Blessed Sacrament is kept. Here is another Christian symbol - The Ichthys, or fish symbol, which has been used as a symbol from as early as 1 AD
    to denote Christians, sometimes as a secret sign, or more publically as today, when it appears on car window stickers and jewellery etc.
    Why a fish though? It could have been due to the number of fishermen amongst the disciples, though it could be that Ichthys is an acrostic (where the first letter of a poem etc. read downwards forms a word) of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.

    - Stand by for a quick Greek lesson, with help from Wikipaedia!!

    Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for Jesus
    Chi (kh) is the first letter of Khristos (Χριστóς) "Christ" or "anointed".
    Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), that means "God's
    Upsilon (u) is the first letter of huios (Υἱός), Greek for Son
    Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for Savior

    Ichthus ( or ΙΧΘΥΣ) is Greek for fish.

    The Left side Altar is dedicated to 'Our Lady' (pic 5) Beneath the attractive Byzantine canopy is a statue of the Virgin Mary, standing on a crescent moon, which is traditionally associated with her Assumption into Heaven. This is described in Revelation 12:1-2.
    The letters M and I ( Maria Immaculata) are intertwined on the altar. This is to denote the Immaculate Conception of the future Mother of God. The Greek Α (Alpha) and Ω (Omega ) can also be seen - these are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet and signify that ' God is the beginning and end of all things'

    The Altar on the Right side is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus (pic 3). The main tabernacle of the church resided here between 1981 and 2006, which meant that the statue of The Sacred Heart was ousted to the shelf which is to the right of the altar.

    By now I'd forgotten that I was in a Catholic church in an Irish fishing village, it felt more like I'd been transported to Italy or Spain!

    This church had still more of interest to see, so onto my next tip...

    Church of the Assumption North Window and organ loft Altar of The Sacred Heart of Jesus Angel corbel and part of psalm 91:11 'Our Ladys' Altar
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    Howth Marina

    by suvanki Updated Apr 17, 2009

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    Howth Marina is owned by The Howth Yacht Club (which is the largest yachting club in Ireland, with over 2,000 members).
    The Club was formed at least as far back as 1895, and plays an important role in Howths social calendar.

    For land lubbers like myself, the marina is a pleasant place to wander around, admiring the smart vessels moored here, wondering why the owner chose the name that they did for their yacht, and looking for the swishest 'gin palace'and trying to guess who could own it!

    There are often Regattas and races held, which can be quite exciting.

    Information for those mooring here etc

    CLICK for more info for sailing conditions etc

    The club offers temporary membership to those spending the winter here.

    Howth Harbour
    Dublin
    Tel:8302777
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    Howth Yacht Club Marina
    Harbour Road, Howth , Co Dublin
    Tel:+21 (353) 1839 2777, Fax:+21 (353) 18392430, VHF Channel Ch 80/37
    www.hyc.ie, marina@hyc.ie
    Situated on the northern side of Dublin Bay. Available at all states of tide and offer excellent protection from every wind direction.

    Prior to arrival, intending visitors are requested to call Howth Marina on Channel M (37 A) or 80 so that a berth may be allocated to them. On arrival please register at the Marina Office at the top of the Marina bridge.
    Complete marina services including 24 hour toilets and showers, 24 hour laundry and water and electric. Good provisioning, fuel and LPG are available locally.

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    Howth Harbour - "Asgard"

    by suvanki Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    Near the lighthouse on the East Pier, is this plaque.

    It reads- in Gaelic and English

    "Asgard"
    On Sunday 26th July 1914 Erskine Childers and the crew of the yachy "Asgard" landed here with guns and ammunition for the Irish Volunteers to fight for the freedom of Ireland.

    Robert Erskine Childers was born in England in 1870. An orphan, he spent school holidays at his Aunts home in County Wicklow. Graduating from Cambridge University, he became a civil servant, working as a Clerk for the British House of Commons.
    He also served during the Boer War in a horse artillery company in Africa, and in
    1914 in the Royal Navy(where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross)

    A keen sailor, his yacht was often to be seen sailing around British and European waterways. Another of his interests was writing, his novel, 'The Riddle of the Sands' is considered to be the first thriller ever written!

    His visits to Ireland had foistered an interest in its politics and saw Ireland as an integral part of Great Britain, the same as Wales and Scotland.

    A liberal, he supported Gladstone's 1911 Home Rule proposal. The Irish of Ulster opposed the notion, with The Ulster Volunteers forming as a militia force. The importing of weapons was prohibited, but their arms were smuggled in from Germany, with Great Britain doing little to stop these activities.
    Enter Childers, who decided to even the score, with some pursuasion from Padraic Pearse, a plan was hatched that must have appealed to the 'Boys Own' adventurer. He was to sail to Germany, to bring back weapons for the Irish Volunteers. As he was seen so often sailing between Britain and Ireland, it wouldn't look too suspicious.

    His crew were his wife Mary A. Osgood, her friend, Mary Spring-Rice, and a British aviator.
    Securing 900 rifles (of quite an age, but still deadly) and 25, 000 rounds of ammunition, they left Germany, on the pretext of taking their load to Mexico. Despite hitting one of the worst storms in the Irish Sea, Asgard entered Howth Harbour, and the weapons were distributed to Irish Volunteers, before Childers sailed back to Britain.

    The Irish Volunteers plan to march to Dublin, was thwarted by the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and a Scottish Regiment who'd been consigned for the purpose, by setting up a road block at Clontarth.

    to be continued......

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    Harbour Road

    by suvanki Updated Mar 14, 2009

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    Harbpour Road, is home to some of Howths best known Restaurants and shops. It carries on from Howth Road, until , opposite the childrens playground, it curves into Abbey Street.
    At both ends of the road are apartment blocks for rental, and some offer self- catering facillities for holiday makers. As you can imagine, with views over the Marina, Harbour, Irelands Eye and beyond, these 'To Lets' aren't cheap!

    Some of the shops here include

    The Gem Newsagents

    De Stafford Bridal

    Sport Couture

    Susan Eve - Clothing

    Wow House

    Lorusso Jewellery

    Paddypower Bookmakers

    Hair and Beauty

    Chris's Barbers
    Storm
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    Restaurants

    No 10 - El Paso (Tapas)

    No 12 Casa Pasta (Mediterranean)

    Porto Finos

    Wrights Findlater

    The Waterside Bar and Wheelhouse Restaurant

    Beshoffs Traditional Fish and Chips

    Mauds Cafe -Ice Creams

    Dee Gees Cafe.

    Car Parking, Childrens Play ground, seating, Public toilets at East Pier end

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    The Old Court House

    by suvanki Written Mar 14, 2009

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    The Old Courthouse dates from the 1870's . As well as being the Village Court house, this single storey building has also been used as a prayer hall, and a tax collection point.

    Nowadays, it is the local branch of An Taisce, (Irelands National Trust), as well as holding Bric a Brac sales etc.

    On the day that I was visiting, there was a Second hand Book sale.
    I had a quick look in, to have a peep at the Old building- nothing much to see, and to look for a book or 2 - Couldn't find anything that interested me, and they were quite expensive - 3.50 euros for a tatty paperback.. There were quite a few books about Irish History, and religious books.

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    Claremont Beach

    by orlikins Written Jul 17, 2007

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    Hardly anyone knows about this beach. Even I didn't know til recently and I've been living only 3 miles away from it for the past year! :-)

    It is a lovely wide quiet beach, however there are literally no signposts for it at all. (very strange, I think)

    It is a great spot for photography. You have a great view of the West Pier in Howth, the boats off the harbour, Ireland's Eye island, Sutton and the rest of North County Dublin. Also, you can take your dogs and even your horse to the beach. You could also go kite-surfing, if you're into that.

    Block overlooking Claremont beach, Howth
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    Baily Lighthouse

    by MalenaN Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    Baily Lighthouse is the lighthouse standing on the south eastern part of Howth Head. There has been a lighthouse on this site since 1667, but first the lighthouse was standing higher up, which often made it obscure by fog, so a new lighthouse was built closer to the sea in 1814. After several shipwrecks in the area the lighthouse finally got a fog bell in 1853. Through the years modernisations was done.
    The lighthouse has been a training facility for new lighthouse keepers.
    In 1996 Baily Lighthouse was the last Irish lighthouse that became automatic.

    Baily Lighthouse, Howth
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    Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption

    by MalenaN Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    If you walk Abby Street up from the harbour you will come to the Roman Catholic Church of The Assumption, a church built in 1899. When I was walking up to the summit the church was open, but as I came down it was closed. Inside the church there is a simple wooden roof and some fine stained glass windows. The church has got streets on all sides and if you are walking to the summit you should take the road on the left side of the church.

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    Balscadden Cottage - WB Yeats

    by orlikins Written Sep 2, 2006

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    The Irish poet WB Yeats lived in Balscadden Cottage, on Howth Hill.

    The view of the sea from the cottage is stunning.
    Cliffs are behind the house.

    As it is a private residence, you cannot enter it, but if one is a Yeats aficionado, then you will want to see it whilst in Dublin.

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    Lighthouse

    by orlikins Written Aug 7, 2006

    Well, you couldn't miss this if you tried. It is located at the end of the pier. It is automatically operated.

    From the lighthouse, you have a great view of Howth village, the Summit and across the sea to Lambay Island

    Howth Lighthouse At Night
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    MALAHIDE HARBOUR

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Walk through the town centre and eventually you reach the marina area of Malahide, which like Howth, is full of fancy pleasure craft! Compared to the main streets and their small town feel, the marina area seems a lot more upmarket with new residential developements and ethnic restaurants dotting the seafront.

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    MALAHIDE

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    In the grounds of Malahide Castle are a couple of other attractions.

    The picture is of a ruined church next to the castle and also close by are the walled gardens which you have to pay extra to get into. They didn't seem to be open when I was there so I assume they have more restricted hours.

    Further away from the castle, but still in the grounds, is Frys Model Railway museum and also a doll/toy museum both of which are signposted.

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    MALAHIDE CASTLE

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Probably the most well known place in Malahide is the castle.

    Its within easy walking distance of the DART station, its just a five to ten minute walk through the grounds to the castle entrance.

    You have to take a tour and I was lucky enough to arrive just before one started so I'm not sure how frequent they are. It was interesting to learn the history of the place and the family who own.

    It had been in the Talbot family from 1185 to 1973 except for a short time when it they were evicted by Oliver Cromwell. Its the longest occupation in Ireland by one family which a pretty amazing feat! Its too bad there is only one member of the family still alive and living in Australia!

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    You can buy a joint ticket for Malahide Castle along with one of several other attractions - Fry model Railway which is in the grounds and the Dublin Writers Museum being two examples. If you plan to visit any of the other listed sites its worth getting as its much cheaper than buying seperate tickets.

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    MALAHIDE

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    The first stop I made was actually in Malahide, best know for its castle. However the town itself is worth a walk around. Its really pretty - all brightly painted buildings and hanging baskets full of colourful flowers. Its has a very small town feel about it, certainly until you reach the marina area, but don't be fooled. It has a seemingly wide range of restaurants - Thai, Japanese etc and even a nail bar by the marina!

    I liked it there though, very pleasant place to walk around!

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    BRAY

    by hevbell Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    After spending most of the day in Malahide and Howth I got back on the DART and headed south back through the city centre and down to the other end of the DART line in Bray on the edge of Co Wicklow. Just the journey down there was well worth it! Once through the centre of Dublin again the DART trains run along near the coast and you get good views up and down the coastline from the trains!

    The town itself is a popular Victorian seaside resort. You can climb Bray Head [in the photo] which should take about an hour to walk from the station. From there you can get great views of the city, up to Howth, Wicklow Head and the Wicklow mountains on a clear day! Well worth doing :)

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