Abandoned construction II

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This is the abandoned building for the Loch Swilly Marina in County Donegal, Ireland. Although the marina is still operating, it was unable to secure government grants to enable it to complete all the facilities. Work stopped over ten years ago.

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Foyle morning I

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I’m over in Ireland for a few days visiting family. This is the view this morning as I drove along the County Donegal side of Lough Foyle. There had been a heavy burst of rain and the clouds were clearing to the east, allowing the morning sunshine to break through. The hill in the distance is Binevenagh.

Cork Evening Echo Opinion Column: Why I spoke up for marriage equality

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My feet were sore and my back was at me.

It was two days to the Marriage Equality referendum and I’d taken some time off work to help with Yes Equality Cork. I had never canvassed for anything in my life and my experience of going door-to-door in rural towns and villages had been almost universally positive. I was finding standing on the street in Cork a lot more daunting.

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Outside the city library at lunchtime, I decided a friendly, indirect approach was best.  Holding my Yes Equality leaflets in my hand, I greeted people “Hello! Are you voting on Friday?” The most common answer I got was along the lines of “I am voting. And I’m voting Yes.” Some people said they hadn’t made their minds up yet. I asked if they had any worries or doubts and almost all said they didn’t, which led me…

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