For almost ten years, the worldwide cultural phenomenon that is HBO Game of Thrones has called Northern Ireland and its spectacular landscapes its home. The dramatic coastlines, foreboding mountains and ageless forests have formed the perfect backdrop for the fantasy world of the show. Why not become part of the fantasy and follow me in finding the filming locations used in the series?
One of the reasons I wanted to visit Belfast was to see the political murals and the street art which are on every available free wall. From Falls Road to Shankill Road to Bank Street to Talbert Street; walls filled with colourful political and non-political messages. These large-format paintings tell us of the impact of Troubles in local communities, are a call for peace and make our dreams of a future in harmony.
The murals, street art, frescoes of Belfast are a sight to see even if you can’t decide on what to call them. These public artworks go far beyond Catholic and Protestant areas. With a convulsive history like few others, the centre of Belfast is decorated profusely with creative and imaginative street art. Some would call it graffiti; for me, this is street art at its best. Read more
Ever since visiting the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia for the filming locations used in The Game of Thrones. I have always wanted to visit Northern Ireland. You could say I’m a Tyrion Lannister, The Red Priestess and The Hound fan. Read more
Beaghmore, Neolithic settlement in Northern Ireland, is considered one of the largest in the country. The Neolithic village has stone circles, cairns, standing stones, stone rows, and a henge. This site is one of the largest and most crucial stone circle complexes in Northern Ireland. Read more
I stumbled on An Dún Mór (Great Fort) at Fairhead, Northern Ireland quite by chance today, whilst out walking. From a distance, the hillfort of An Dún Mór is quite imposing and must have been quite a well-defended fortress. Using the natural landscape to its advantage, it’s spectacularly situated on a basalt volcanic outcrop, with extensive views across the Ballycastle bay area.
St Peter and St Paul church at Church Warsop, Nottinghamshire, has been providing spiritual aid for those who have been involved in farming, limestone quarrying, coal mining, and other industries for about 1,000 years. I happen to drive past this church quite by accident and what a lovely building it is.
This blog was inspired by David McNeil poem about Greek mythology of Narcissus. I wanted to know more about the Greek mythology story and how this is very appropriate to many in today’s society. Read more