Tag: Dublin

The day the rain finally came

Saturday, 16 March, 2013 0 Comments

Rainy Day has a soft spot for rain songs and the latest on our list is by the excellent Dublin singer-songwriter Eoin Glackin. “You should have seen them crying / You should have seen them smiling / You should have seen them lying / You should have seen them rising / The day the rain came.”

Predictably, it will rain in Dublin tomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day.

Throwing up in Dublin

Thursday, 18 October, 2012 0 Comments

“I became subsequently addicted to brown stout in bottle, a drink which still remains the one that I prefer the most despite the painful and blinding fits of vomiting which a plurality of bottles has often induced in me.” At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O’Brien (1911 — 1966) The year 1939 saw the outbreak of the Second […]

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“Non si può seguire Gesù da soli”

Sunday, 1 July, 2012

Who knows what this pilgrim at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in mid-June was praying for? Health, perhaps. Better weather, possibly. An Italian victory in Euro 2012? Tonight, in Kiev, Italy play Spain in the final of the championship and for the Italian coach, Cesare Prandelli, the tournament has been a triumph of faith. […]

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For our mental, moral, and spiritual uplift

Monday, 11 June, 2012

Busy week for Dublin. The city hosts both the Eucharistic Congress, celebrating the Catholic faith, and Bloomsday, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce. And the connection between the two? In a letter to his brother Stanislaus, James Joyce wrote: “Don’t you think there is a certain resemblance between the […]

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The Plain People of Ireland look to Heidelberg

Friday, 16 March, 2012

From 4 October 1940 until his death on 1 April 1966 , the great Brian O’Nolan, aka Flann O’Brien, wrote a weekly column for The Irish Times titled “Cruiskeen Lawn” (from the Irish crúiscín lán, “full/brimming small-jug”). Using the pseudonym Myles na gCopaleen (“Myles of the Little Horses”), he employed a mix of Irish and […]

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Muhammad Ali in the land of blarney

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012

blarney: flattering talk (noun); to cajole with flattery; wheedle (verb). In the boxing record of Muhammad Ali, who is 70 today, a win over Alvin ‘Al Blue’ Lewis by means of a TKO (technical knockout) in the 11th round is recorded as having taken place in Dublin, Ireland, on 19 July 1972. On the eve […]

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Not a stone will stand upon a stone

Sunday, 15 January, 2012

Boom skyline: Azerbaijan, Brazil, China or Dubai? No. In fact, the photo was taken in Dublin in July 2005. That was the year in which 80,957 residential houses were built in Ireland. By way of comparison, in the first 10 months of 2011a total of 8,692 houses were completed. Another indicator of the madness was […]

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The provisional wing of Occupy Wall Street

Thursday, 22 December, 2011

Dublin’s newest favela can be found on Dame Street in front of Ireland’s Central Bank. The occupants of Dame Street, however, do not appear to be suffering very much at the hands of the system they wish to destroy. Indeed, if only these scruffy types were to sell their iPhones and give the proceeds to […]

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Remembering breakfast with Christopher Hitchens

Friday, 16 December, 2011

On 17 June 2007, Rainy Day shared breakfast in Dublin with the late, great Christopher Hitchens. The occasion was a debate about religion that was promoted under the banner of “God Is Not Great?” between Hitchens and John Waters of the Irish Times. It was a gladiatorial contest so the metaphor we picked to set […]

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