September 11, 2010


On this day in 2001, in the U.S., four airliners were hijacked and were intentionally crashed. In New York City, two airliners hit the World Trade Centre, which collapsed shortly after. One airliner hit the Pentagon in Washington DC and another crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Estimates say that about 3,000 people lost their lives.

Doyles Graiguenamanagh Kilkenny

On Friday, I visited the beautiful village of Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. I'd not heard of the place before despite the fact that it is home to Duiske Abbey, the largest and perhaps, finest of the 34 Cistercian Abbeys in Ireland.

Photo: Pretty much the tourist snapshot, this one-stop shop, bar, grocery and hardware retains the characteristics of Irish retail in the pre-supermarket age. Before 1980, it was not at all unusual to have a shop that doubled as a grocery and pub. The most common set were; pub - grocery - animal feed and under-taker. These are pretty much a thing of the past now so it's always up-lifting to find one that has withstood the test of time and the pressures of competing for business against the Spars, Galas and Super Valus. I had some difficulty trying to line-up my horizontals and verticals in-camera, only to realise that there are some structural anomalies in the building which only adds to its appeal:-) Also, we should cast a sympathetic eye on the individual inside the pub door sucking contentedly on his cigarette.
ISO 100. 1/125 @ f/5