Samuel Beckett Bridge

Ok I am breaking the rules on this one, I am doing what I thought I would never do and I am kinda ashamed of myself.

 

This is a photograph of the amazing Samuel Beckett Bridge which spans the Liffey. In the background you can see the convention centre. I love what has been done to this area of Docklands of the last decade or so. Its a vibrant and energised part of the city compared to when I used to go down the docks as a child to visit where my Dad used to work.

 

Why am I so ashamed? This photo was taken with my iPhone, I know I am a bad bad person!

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In Dublins Fair City Is The Liffey

Ok so this whole water thing aint really working is it… hmmmmmm.

 

I am trying hard I really am but I do love taking pictures of water I apologise. Anyhow back to this photo of possibly one of the most photographed things in Dublin, The River Liffey. The Liffey runs though the heart of Dublin City and is what creates the Nothside of Dublin and the Southside but that is a story for another day. Its source actually does not even start in Dublin, but instead in Co Wicklow and flows through to Kildare before finally hitting Dublin. It supplies Dublin with a huge amount of it’s water too.

 

Another interesting fact is that even though the river is considered a Dublin thing the majority of its course actually is in Kildare. There are dams for three ESB Hydroelectric power stations along the river, at Poulaphouca, Golden Falls and Leixlip.

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Sailing back to docks in Belfast

Don’t worry I hope not all my photos will involve water, but it seems I am finding my camera taken out around the sea and lakes a lot of late.

 

This photo was taken in Belfast, there is so much to photograph up there, probably because I have never taken photos up there really before. The scenery up there is lovely if you go out of the city a little bit. I look forward to going back to Belfast again with my camera to see what else I can photograph, but in the meantime I plan on putting up a few more from there over the next while.

 

I will try to avoid the water.

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Irelands new open access network, Siro

Today I had the pleasure of being asked to attend the exciting launch of a new type of open access network for Ireland. Siro is the first technology of its kind in Ireland and is a joint venture of the ESB and Vodafone. What they are planning to do is bring 100% fibre to the building broadband with speeds of 1gb, yes you heard me right 1 GIG!!!

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The main objectives of Siro at the start is roll this technology to rural areas, areas which have broadband which went out a long time ago in todays standards. I know people in Wexford who are on a 5mb connection which in todays world is not good enough.

 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was there to reveal the company name and spoke of the jobs this initiative would bring, it’s exactly what rural Ireland has screamed for for many years. Some trial users in Cavan spoke swell on a video about how it has changed how they work now and the difference it has made to their lives.

Phase one will see Siro reach 500,000 premises in 50 towns and will be fully rolled out by the end of 2018, so a bit of a wait for it, but ten towns will have it this summer. They are Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford. The great thing is towns can register themselves today on siro.ie and spread the word!

 

It is truly an exciting time for Ireland as this will provide broadband that is only available in places like Hong Cong and Tokyo.

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This image had to be included though, Enda I think had issues with me not wearing a tie or a suit and kept staring at me in disgust, either that or he loved my YES to equality badge, hehe!

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Belfast Lough Shore

On a trip to Belfast recently enough I was brought to Lough Shore, it was a stunning day and in between taking pictures I had great fun skimming stones across the water. I actually managed to my best skim ever with at least 8 bounces!

 

Beautiful day, beautiful scenery and beautiful place for photo taking.

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Bray Seafront Footstep

I suppose this image is apt for what I am doing right now taking a step into the blogosphere again. This was taken down on Bray seafront the other evening. Its not very often you get some sand like this on the rocky seafront.

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Belfast Lough Shore

On a trip to Belfast recently enough I was brought to Lough Shore, it was a stunning day and in between taking pictures I had great fun skimming stones across the water. I actually managed to my best skim ever with at least 8 bounces!

Beautiful day, beautiful scenery and beautiful place for photo taking.

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Belfast Lough Shore

On a trip to Belfast recently enough I was brought to Lough Shore, it was a stunning day and in between taking pictures I had great fun skimming stones across the water. I actually managed to my best skim ever with at least 8 bounces!

Beautiful day, beautiful scenery and beautiful place for photo taking.

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