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The Birds of Rathfarnham Castle

The Birds of Rathfarnham Castle

Perhaps surprisingly, at least three species of birds use Rathfarnham Castle as a nesting site; the feral pigeon, the jackdaw and the herring gull. They do so because in other locations they would choose ledges on sea cliffs or mountainsides to build their nests and...

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A Bird for Halloween – The Raven

A Bird for Halloween – The Raven

Begin, murderer, Pox, leave thy damnable faces and begin! Come, the croaking raven doth bellow for revenge. Hamlet, William Shakespeare If you have ever been to the Tower of London you may have seen or certainly heard about the six or so ravens that are still kept...

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Death Masks

Death Masks

Many of the things we do, such as putting up a tree for Christmas or brides wearing white feel like habits that have always been with us. However, both of these traditions, along with many others, were popularised relatively recently in the nineteenth century. One...

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The Portrait of a Man – Nicholas Loftus (1687-1763)

The Portrait of a Man – Nicholas Loftus (1687-1763)

Looking at this painting of Nicholas Loftus, it is easy to think that this is just another painting of a man in a white wig, wearing black clothes. And in one sense you would be right, as there are many similar looking paintings from the time. However, with a little...

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Tea or Coffee

Tea or Coffee

‘Go on, go on, go on.’ Did you know that per capita Ireland is the world’s second greatest consumers of tea? (Turkey has the first place spot.) This love affair with tea started in the eighteenth century. If you were a guest at an upper class house like Rathfarnham...

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