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Can a massive seawall save New York from flooding?


Another excellent video from the first in the second season of The Verge’s Detours outlines the work that New York is putting in to flood defense.

Music Recommended

Spirit of Folk Festival 2014

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Spirit of Folk Festival 2014 took place a couple of weeks ago and I’ve just got around to uploading my photos. It’s a small trad, indie and craft festival that takes place each year in Dunderry, Co. Meath. I’ve been at 3 of the 4 they’ve put on and can honestly say that I’ve had some of the best days of my life there. The crew are fantastic, the music is brilliant and the craic is unreal. Peter has done a full review over on culch so check that out for music and links to the artists etc. A definite for 2015.
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Guinness Amplify

Guinness Amplify

I’m coming to this one quite late in that Guinness Amplify is about to kick off the live events. Irish musicians submitted their applications earlier this year and an expert panel has chosen acts to both perform live around the country and receive studio time, mentoring, workshops etc. The chosen acts will get the opportunity to perform in hundreds of pubs all over Ireland (along with a few surprises!) from Thursday through to Sunday across 5 weekends, kicking off on the 11th September in Leinster and will rotating around the country, focusing on a different region each week over the course of the five weekends.

Those surprise acts include: Hozier, London Grammar, Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Kodaline, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, Dan Croll, Daithi, Bastille, Disclosure, Walking On Cars and Jess Glynne. Of course the pubs in which they’ll be playing will be kept secret but that’s an amazing lineup in my opinion. I’ve been listening to the artists chosen by the panel this evening on the Amplify web site and the standard is really high. You can log on to the web site to see when and where gigs are taking place. I’ll definitely be attempting to catch a couple of these gigs when they roll into Dublin from the 9th to the 11th of October.



RIP. 1951-2014.


Turlough Hill and Glendalough

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Turlough Hill, Ireland’s only pumped hydro-electric storage system, turned 40 this year and the ESB are celebrating by offering free tours. I’d been on such a tour in primary school so was interested to see it with adult eyes. It’s still an impressive facility capable of generating 292MW of electricity during peak demand periods. Water is released from its upper reservoir allowing it to flow through four turbines into a lower reservoir. The water is then pumped to the top lake during periods of low demand. Our guide explained how provisions and sleeping quarters are built into the station as crews can be trapped for periods due to inclement weather (8 days in his case).

Afterwards myself and the da took a walk down to Glendalough and the Poulanass waterfall. Always time well spent. Closed the day out by watching the International Space Station pass over Dublin accompanied by a supply ship which will dock it tomorrow. As Sundays go…

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