Irish Doors

East door of Dublin Castle. St Patrick (In Ireland around 400 AD) on the right faces off with Brian Boru (High king of Ireland until his death in 1014) on the left.
Expressive king.

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.

Door to the National Library of Ireland, which matches…
…the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology door.
Doors inside the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology.
The front door of our Airbnb place in Dublin – 2 George’s Quay – between Starbucks and Offbeat Donut.
Look at this magnificently adorned door in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin.

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:

Entrance to Newgrange, north of Dublin. Built approximately 3200 BC, it’s older than Stonehenge. The oldest doorway I’ve walked through in my life.
Mound of the Hostages at the Hill of Tara has a doorway.

And then we made our way to southern Ireland, where they had more doors!! We were delighted to walk through them when we could.

Entrance to St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork, glittering in the setting sun. It was behind a gate so this is as close as we got.

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.

This doorway is the entrance to the cemetery at the Muckross Friary.
Steps lead to a passage through a wall at Muckross Friary.
We parked by this door in the town of Cashel, when we stopped to find a place to eat. I not only love the red colour and the doorknocker, but the knob in the center of the door.
Cashir Castle hosted this sketchy door. Dare you to walk through…
My favourite door of the entire trip. Wood bound in iron, stone, and a guard bird. I thought at first it might be an eagle, but the beak isn’t right. Who is the bird to which we owe our gratitude?

30 thoughts on “Irish Doors

    1. 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.

  1. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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..

  3. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

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