A Door to Remember

Wandering past politically grandiose government buildings in Dublin‘s city centre earlier today, my eye was caught by a rather striking door across the street on the corner of Merrion Square. Its panels glowed blue red through the snow flurries that were billowing from yellowed grey clouds overhead.

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Trotting up the steps for a closer inspection, I discovered the door marked Dublin’s year as European Capital of Culture in 1991. The artwork, by Irish artist Shane Johnson, was commissioned by Donal O’Buachalla, owner of the property advising company that operates behind the ornate doorway. The smaller panels gave a nod to the city’s illustrious purveyors of art; musicians, writers, the great theatres …

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…while the four main panels celebrated Ireland’s most beloved art forms: Theatre, Music, Literature…

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and my favourite, the fine art of Conversation…

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…otherwise known as the gift of the gab. We are a nation of storytellers.

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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18 Responses to A Door to Remember

  1. Su Leslie says:

    Fabulous; makes me want to build myself a new front door that represents who i am!

  2. Wow! How did I miss that door when I visited Dublin three years ago? Lovely find. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. ardysez says:

    How interesting!! I will have to find that door (and sound very knowledgeable to my husband) when we visit Dublin later this year! Thank you for sharing.

  4. aj vosse says:

    Seems I joined the right place to settle then!! 😉

  5. What a beautiful door, its more like a work of art!

  6. Incredible detail – what a wonderful place to create art available for all to enjoy.

  7. Heyjude says:

    I love doors, and I love murals and this combines the two! Great find there Ailsa. Love the conversation panel. The panels remind me of the murals at Coit tower in SF which also tell a story of a city.
    http://wp.me/pL5Ms-13a

  8. Ah, Ireland – a wonderful country and wonderful people. I visited many years ago, but here’s my tale I wrote last year: https://lifeincamelot.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/the-luck-of-the-irish-and-other-quotes/

  9. Love those panels — good artwork with a story!

  10. What an absolutely beautiful find. I’m so glad you included the close ups. Gorgeous!

  11. 4otomo says:

    Hi Ailsa
    busy doorway with a view……
    here’s my post for this week…
    http://4otomo.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/travel-theme-doorways/

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