This post is because I love doors, and because a friend of mine blogs door photos, and she inspires me. Do you have a blogger friend who inspires you to see the world in a new way?
My intrepid offspring, Tara, and I recently returned from a week in Ireland. Each time a door grabbed my attention, it made me think of Manja (and also Norm, the door blog guy). I began a collection of them. Please take a look at these wonderful doors of early spring in Ireland. When I look at these, I can remember the mood and excitement of the moment when I took the photo.
Our first day Tara was sick in bed (drat the luck!!) and I put on all the warm clothes I had (not quite enough) and walked around by myself in the rain at 41 degrees (5 C) and the voices in my head switched back and forth from “Damn it’s cold,” to “Whoah! That’s cool!” I discovered right away some buildings that look almost identical to each other, facing each other across a carpark. One is a library and one is a museum. I went inside the museum for its free admission and heaters.
Over the following week the weather gradually improved. North of Dublin we visited some very very old doorways (albeit no doors) in the Boyne River Valley. I hope you consider that these count:
And then we made our way to southern Ireland, where they had more doors!! We were delighted to walk through them when we could.
At the Muckross Friary in Killarney National Park, a couple more doorways caught my eye. Again, there are no actual doors, but I liked them anyway.
30 thoughts on “Irish Doors”
One of my favourite picture subjects, I especially like the red one!
I’m glad you like the red door! I think I could have taken a better photo of it, but this will have to do. Yes, I am starting to pay more attention to doors as a subject now.
I never would have believed an article about doors could be so interesting! Thank you Crystal!
I know what you mean! Like I said I follow another blogger who tells door stories too, and it has helped me think creatively. Narrowing a topic to doors can really help me see the character in each new door, and appreciate them more.
Wow….these are beautiful. Nice finds.
Thank you for your comment Pat! I’m glad you got to share a little of my trip with me.
So many awesome finds! This turned into quite a fruitful doorscursion especially for a cold day.
5C is cool enough for me to start looking for excused to be inside. Nicely done and thanks for sharing these with us 🙂
I know exactly what you mean, Norm, but it was my very first day on vacation in Ireland and I was determined to be outside exploring no matter what the weather, ha ha! Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my doors with me. 🙂 And thanks for hosting so many door photos!
Great post! I think I’m going to be paying closer attention to doors in the future!
That’s exactly what happened to me!
Yeah! Crystal’s Irish doors! I love to hear and see that what I do ripples and that you have started to notice doors in a different light: as magnificent witnesses to the changing times and history, and things of great beauty. The Cork Cathedral door is smashing, as are all the others. And yes, certainly open gateways and arches and no-door entrances count too, if you ask me!
Thank you so much for this door tour. Now you’ve been changed forever. 😉 The door community is spurring you on: Please, visit some more exciting places!
Ha ha ha. All this pressure to go out and experience my world. I guess I have no choice but to comply. Thanks for inspiring me, Manja. ❤
Doors are often fascinating
I think so. Thanks, Derrick.
Love them all, but that last one is rather special.
Thank you Janet, I feel the same way. I’m glad you stopped by!
Great collection of doors, Crystal. Several bloggers I follow feature doors. A few have made it into my posts as well! 🙂
I’m thinking of doors and doorways at Burning Man. Now there are some unexpected passageways!
True, Crystal, and you can never be quite sure what you will find when you walk inside. 🙂 Weird art, naked people, etc, etc.
that really old door is fascinating – and must have been cool to walk thru
Yvette, I was in awe. I had to touch the stones and imagine another person, 5000 years ago, touching the same stones. I felt so honored and lucky to be able to walk through that doorway. Walking inside Newgrange is something I will never forget.
Gosh – I cannot even imagine. I recently was in a building from the 1600s and I felt the awe – so I can relate a little – just a tad..
Excellent selection of doors. I am partial to that one above the jail. That’s the last thing a lot of poor people saw before they hung.
…Or were shot, as was the case with the political prisoners executed in 1916. You are right to remind me of the rest of the story behind a door in a jail.
Great post. I think many of us like doors. They’re so expressive.
Newgrange? A round “thing” near Dublin? I think we went there ages ago when visiting an Irish friend. 🙂
Yes!! Round thing indeed! It looks much like the Mound of Hostages in the next photo. It’s just north of Dublin. My guess is that it’s a ceremonial site, like our tour guide said, and not a tomb, as it’s called.
You may be right. I’d have to ask our Irish friend. After your post I set out to Google her! Haven’t “talked” in 30 years. And I found her! I think she’s on Linkedin. So I will contact her back. Thanks to you.
Wonderful news! That’s exciting. I am pleased to have been a part of that reunion. 🙂