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Ceilings

Fox and Stork from Aesops Fables on Council of State room ceiling Aras an Uachtarain

Fox and Stork from Aesops Fables on Council of State room ceiling Aras an Uachtarain

Although most of the posts on this blog have been about wildlife, this is a bit different.

It seems that because historically most trouble came from ground level, we rarely look up.  Well that’s one theory.  As children we used to sit on a branch of a tree in our garden that overhung the path beside the main raod.  Although only about a metre from the heads of passers-by, we were seldom spotted.  How we stayed quiet, I’m not sure.

In any case it can be refreshing and interesting to look up.  this applies particularly to wildlife watching and to architecture.  The pictures are of ceilings in Dublin buildings and represent a very small sample of the interesting designs to be seen.

Ceiling of Cash Office old Parliament, Bank of Ireland College Green

Ceiling of Cash Office old Parliament, Bank of Ireland College Green

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One of the better known buildings in Dublin is the Bank of Ireland in College Green.  It was originally the old Parliament building and has some very fine features.

House of Lords Chandelier and Ceiling Bank of Ireland College Green

House of Lords Chandelier and Ceiling Bank of Ireland College Green

 

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Gaiety Theatre Ceiling Dublin

Gaiety Theatre Ceiling Dublin

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The Gaiety Theatre is equally well known and the scene of much drama.  Perhaps due to the drama or laughter, not too many look up which is a pity because the ceiling is well worth a look.

 

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Pro-Cathedral ceiling Dublin

Pro-Cathedral ceiling Dublin

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St. Mary’s Church, or  The Pro-Cathedral, is slightly hidden away in Dublin but is nevertheless a fine building.

Inside it is arguably even more impressive for its space, light and airy ceiling.

 

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Ceiling of Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines

Ceiling of Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines

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On the same theme, many parish churches boast heavenly views inside.  The Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners Church in Rathmines, is a very fine example.

Outside, it is the striking copper dome, oxidised by time, that catches the eye.

Inside it is the space and magnificent bright ceiling which has some echoes of the Pro-Cathedral design, partly because of the common domes.

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Commons Ceiling TCD

Commons Ceiling TCD

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From religion to learning and the old presence of Trinity College Dublin.  The Commons dining area has seen many a famous (and not so famous) face.   Some of the famous ones are remembered in large portraits.

Its not so much artistic as impressive.

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Aesops Fables scenes on Council of State room ceiling Aras an Uachtarain

Aesops Fables scenes on Council of State room ceiling Aras an Uachtarain

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Finally let’s return to the faboulous ceilings of Áras an Uachtaráin.

There are many intricate designs on the ceilings of the lovely rooms of the Irish President’s residence.

This one depicts Aesops Fables and is in the Council of State room.

A detail from it is shown in the first picture.

The final picture is of the ceiling in the State Drawing room.

There are also many important pictures decorating the walls.

Ceiling Aras an Uachtarain State Drawing room

Ceiling Aras an Uachtarain State Drawing room

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