death is a beach
Wednesday, June 8, 2005, 11:49 AMThis beach may be the death of me if what I experienced this afternoon at the grand canal is anything to go by. It might seem like a bore to put in these little incidents into a blog and just, maybe there is no connection.
We had a lovely time out at Dun Laoghaire beach this morning and a nice 100m metre swim between the little dogleg pier and the baths wall. The water was crystal clear with just a gentle little rythm.
By the way Websters dictionary defines a beach as follows beach Audio pronunciation of "beach" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (bch)
1. The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.
2. The sand or pebbles on a shore.
3. The zone above the water line at a shore of a body of water, marked by an accumulation of sand, stone, or gravel that has been deposited by the tide or waves.
so I would think this place qualifies for that term.
Of course, the accumulation of sand, stone and gravel at this beach has been burried under by large stones and concrete rubble put there by persons or persons unknown but probably with the implicit consent of the County Council.
nyway, to get back to the canal, to which I took my dog for his usual swim this afternoon: certain 'ridiírí na mbóthar' squatting with their ciders by the canal, as they are wont to do, decided that they did not like me or my dog. They proceed with a vicious verbal assault first and then, when I ignored me came at me with all kinds of threats to my life from
drowning to poisoning.
It galls me to have to bitch in such a public way; but maybe the general public will see thereby the nature of these property grabbers and their ministering angels.
When my dog a nd I refused to be pushed I was head butted in the forehead and knocked over by one gentleman.
We, my dog and I continued to enjoy the canal bank just like Patrick Kavanagh used to do but this did not suit the 'angels' and they came at me again with fisticuffs to my face this time and attempts to throw my bike into the water.
A 'suit' arrived from a nearby hotel apparently able to control these angels not unknown to him and disuaded them from proceeding further with their punishment beating.
A kind New Zealander was snocked by this Irish 'céad mile fáilte' and called the guardswho arrive some time later and gave the 'angel' the shift.
Apparently no mad dogs or Irishmen are welcome by any waterside whether sea, river or canal.
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Sound of the sea
Tuesday, June 7, 2005, 10:20 AM
This picture shows the Fortyfoot having a rough day but its still very beautiful.The movement of the sea is the respiration of the earth; without it we would all die of asphyxiation. Swimming in sea water is probably the nearest many of us will get to the weightlessness of space and its worth suffering a little chill just to get that feeling everyday. The water today at Dun laoghaire beach had a lovely roll in it so that you felt your whole body being carried up and down in a kind of dance. Dun Laoghaire beach is more sheltered than the Fortyfoot and it has piers to act as breakwaters for the inexperienced sea swimmers
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dum laoghaire beach R.I.P
Sunday, June 5, 2005, 01:51 PM
Above is a picture of the only beach in Dun Laoghaire town which the corporators propose to have burried by the asbestos and other rubble from Carlisle pier which they also want to move so that it can lokewise serve as a foundation for the erections of their greedy property grabbing landlord brethern and their tenaments.
This is the oldest and best bathing and swimming part of the whole of Dublin bay.
The water today at noon when I swam there was almost full tide and was crystal clear. The area is laid out perfectly for people to use the seaside whether in the water or just lounging by it.
Only an administration steeped in greed and with no concern for the welfare of its people now and in the future would allow such a place of natural beauty to be burried under concrete
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was ronald regan right?
Friday, June 3, 2005, 03:52 PM03.meitheam 05
It was reported that the late great western cowboy and president remarked while flying low over the Californian coastline that he could see no reason why the seashore should be kept open to the public because the vast majority only wanted to crowd themselves into a few selected spots by the sea. It seems to be no different here where swimming in the sea is almost like going to mass -its not for its beneficial effects but to see and be seen we go there.
Another big 'waterworld' scandal breaks the news today; Ireland's only olympic facility costing 62 million for the government to have built, was given over to some shady company to run for 30 years , but this company hasn't even paid the agreed low rent nor maintained the place. Now the government want to get it back but they may not be able to do so.
It appears that these itinerant gansters are in the process of taking over ever public asset they can lay their hands on; promising all kinds of benefits for the people but delivering nothing but property and cash for themselves. They must have ways of twisting the arms of the Corporators until they yield up all their assets to them - God help our future generations who will find nothing for free and be barred from the sea unless they can drive miles to the middle of nowhere to reach it.
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stunned by reaction
Thursday, June 2, 2005, 01:11 PM02 meitheamh 05
One cannot but help feeling a little pleased when one moves the Corporators to do something; and to suck seed in getting them to remove the years accumulation of rubbish from Dun laoghaire beach was very sweet today.
Perhaps, they will now take a fresh look at this beautiful sea enclave and realise that it is a jewel beyond price and with a little care could bring great rewards to the town itself - much more in the long run than any concrete erection could spew out.
As usual the madding crowd think the case is lost and it is up to the few to point out the danger they face of losing the soul of Dunlaoghaire to some Satan for a few million dollars which will be quickly frittled away.
The crescent is already beautifully laid out, thanks to our old enemies, the English, with steps and seats for visitors and walkers and the sea never gets far from the shore so one can swim even at low tide without having to walk miles over sand. The shore is quite rocky out to the end of the walkway piers of this 'gebiet wonderschon'making it a natural paradise and a bathers dream.
It is to be wondered how any body could ever contemplate putting such a 'gebiet' under concrete and what legal right has anybody to buid on the foreshow below the high water mark. If this goes ahead, every Joe Soap with land bordering on the sea will be able to extend his acrage simply by moving his mountains into the sea and we will wind up with no Irish Sea but a condominium from here to Wales.
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