Theme Week Ireland – Waterford

March 31st, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Waterford by night © geograph.org.uk - Typhoon/cc-by-sa-2.0

Waterford by night © geograph.org.uk – Typhoon/cc-by-sa-2.0

Waterford (from Old Norse Veðrafjǫrðr, meaning “ram (wether) fjord”, Irish: Port Láirge) is a city in the South-East Region and is part of the province of Munster. The city is situated at the head of Waterford Harbour. It is the oldest and the fifth most populous city in the Republic of Ireland. It is the eighth most populous city on the island of Ireland. Waterford City and County Council is the local government authority for the city. Waterford is known for Waterford Crystal, a legacy of the city’s former glass-making industry. 54,000 people live in the city of Waterford and its suburbs. Waterford is home to several museums and theatres. Among the annual festivals are Waterford Film Festival, Waterford Music Fest, Waterford International Festival of Light Opera, Waterford Harvest Food Festival, The Imagine Arts Festival, and Waterford Winterval. The Tall Ships Festival took place in 2005 and 2011, marking the start of the race. Each event attracted over 450,000 visitors.   read more…

Theme Week Ireland – Ennis

March 30th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

The Diamond Bar © geograph.org.uk - C OF'lanagan/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Diamond Bar © geograph.org.uk – C O’Flanagan/cc-by-sa-2.0

Ennis (Irish: Inis, meaning “island”) is the county town of Clare in Munster. The Irish name is short for Inis Cluain Ramh Fhada (“island of the long rowing meadow”). The town is on the River Fergus, north of where it enters the Shannon Estuary, 19 km (12 mi) from Shannon Airport. Ennis has a population of 25,000, making it the largest town in Clare and the 12th largest in Ireland. Clare became a county under the rule of Elizabeth I and Ennis was chosen as its capital by the Earls of Thomond because of its central location and great influence. Ennis received a grant to hold fairs and markets in 1610 and some years later a Charter for a Corporation with a Provost, Free Burgesses, Commonalty and a Town Clerk. Ennis continued to expand in the following centuries, mainly as a market town and later as a manufacturing and distributing centre. Many commodities were conveyed by river to Clarecastle for shipment abroad.   read more…

Augusta on Sicily

March 30th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Baia Arcile © Angelo Pappalardo/cc-by-sa-3.0

Baia Arcile © Angelo Pappalardo/cc-by-sa-3.0

Augusta is a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily. The city is one of the main harbours in Italy, especially for oil refineries (ExxonMobil and others as part of the complex Augusta-Priolo) which are in its vicinity. The city is situated 35 km north of Syracuse and faces the Ionian Sea.   read more…

Theme Week Ireland – Mullingar

March 29th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Market House © Ultrafighter/cc-by-sa-4.0

Market House © Ultrafighter/cc-by-sa-4.0

Mullingar (Irish: An Muileann gCearr, meaning “the left-handed mill”) is the county town of County Westmeath in Leinster province. It is the 3rd most populous town in the Midlands Region with a population of 21,000. Mullingar is famous for the neighbouring lakes, Lough Owel, Lough Ennell and Lough Derravaragh, which attract many anglers, and Belvedere House and Gardens which is heavily promoted for its beauty. Lough Derravaragh is also known for its connection with the Irish legend of the Children of Lir. The town of Mullingar is linked to Lough Ennell via Lacy’s Canal and the River Brosna. Another waterway of significance is the Royal Canal, which loops around Mullingar.   read more…

Theme Week Ireland – Wexford

March 28th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

National Opera House and a church spire rises above the old skyline © flickr.com - Sinn Féin/cc-by-2.0

National Opera House and a church spire rises above the old skyline © flickr.com – Sinn Féin/cc-by-2.0

Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman) is the county town of County Wexford. Wexford lies on the south side of Wexford Harbour, the estuary of the River Slaney near the southeastern corner of the island of Ireland. The town is linked to Dublin by the M11/N11 National Primary Route, and the national rail network connects it to Rosslare Europort. It has a population of 20,000).   read more…

Portrait: Financier and banker J. P. Morgan

March 28th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait

J. P. Morgan © Images of American Political History - Pach Bros.

J. P. Morgan © Images of American Political History – Pach Bros.

John Pierpont Morgan Sr. was an American financier and banker who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation in the United States of America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1892 Morgan arranged the merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company to form General Electric. He also played important roles in the formation of the United States Steel Corporation, International Harvester and AT&T. At the height of Morgan’s career during the early twentieth century, he and his partners had financial investments in many large corporations and had significant influence over the nation’s high finance and United States Congress members. He directed the banking coalition that stopped the Panic of 1907. He was the leading financier of the Progressive Era, and his dedication to efficiency and modernization helped transform American business. Adrian Wooldridge characterized Morgan as America’s “greatest banker”. Morgan died in Rome, Italy, in his sleep in 1913 at the age of 75, leaving his fortune and business to his son, John Pierpont Morgan Jr. His fortune was estimated at “only” $80 million, prompting John D. Rockefeller to say: “and to think, he wasn’t even a rich man”.   read more…

Theme Week Ireland – Castlebar

March 27th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Linenhall Street © flickr.com - Rambling Traveler/cc-by-sa-2.0

Linenhall Street © flickr.com – Rambling Traveler/cc-by-sa-2.0

Castlebar (Irish: Caisleán an Bharraigh, meaning “Barry’s Castle”) is the county town of County Mayo. It is the largest town in County Mayo. The town is linked by railway to Dublin, Westport and Ballina. The main route by road is the N5. Its economy is primarily service-based. Castlebar is traditionally a market town, and it is still a major destination for shoppers from all over the west of Ireland. It boasts an increasing number of national and international chain stores, and several new shopping areas have been developed in the past 10–12 years on what were considered the outskirts of the town. Castlebar is the second largest retail centre in the Connacht province, after Galway   read more…

Theme Week Ireland

March 26th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

The English Market in Cork © flickr.com - WordRidden/cc-by-2.0

The English Market in Cork © flickr.com – WordRidden/cc-by-2.0

Ireland (Irish: Éire), also known as the Republic of Ireland (Poblacht na hÉireann), is occupying 26 of 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, Saint George’s Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the fields of literature. Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language. The culture of the island also shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.   read more…

Tainan in Taiwan

March 26th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Confucius Temple © David Bronski

Confucius Temple © David Bronski

Tainan, officially Tainan City, is a special municipality of Taiwan, facing the Formosan Strait or Taiwan Strait in the west and south. Tainan is the oldest city on the island of Taiwan and also commonly known as the “Capital City” for its over 200 years of history as the capital of Taiwan under Koxinga and later Qing dynasty rule. Tainan’s complex history of comebacks, redefinitions and renewals inspired its popular nickname “the Phoenix City”.   read more…

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