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#Double Take

# double-take - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Double Take: The full-size, 50-feet-tall concrete replica of the Lourdes grotto in Dublin 8

The religious shrine found in an urban neighbourhood.

# double-take - Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Double Take: The drinking fountain for cows in Dublin 7

Haymarket Square was once the home of a thriving livestock market.

# double-take - Wednesday 5 September, 2018

Double Take: The eerie swamp statue found in a little-known Wicklow park

Meet the zombie-like granite figure that resides in a park designed for meditation.

# double-take - Wednesday 29 August, 2018

Double Take: The creepy Waterford structure that was once Ireland's longest bridge

The Old Red Iron Bridge was a central part of Ireland’s transport network in the early 1900s.

# double-take - Wednesday 22 August, 2018

Double Take: The Dublin 7 church with a crypt full of mummies down below

Meet the ‘Big Four’ at one of Dublin city’s more macabre landmarks, St Michan’s Church.

# double-take - Wednesday 15 August, 2018

Double Take: The mysterious African rhino that appeared overnight in a Dublin river

The life-size statue can be found in the River Dodder.

# double-take - Wednesday 8 August, 2018

Double Take: The stone seat in the Phoenix Park that's actually an ancient tomb

Head through the Chapelizod gate to find one of Dublin city’s oldest monuments.

# double-take - Wednesday 1 August, 2018

Double Take: The bizarre 140ft-high monument towering over a park in Kildare

Conolly’s Folly has been there for more than 250 years.

# double-take - Wednesday 25 July, 2018

Double Take: The shipwreck on Inis Oirr that stars in Father Ted

The story of MV Plassy, the steam trawler enjoying island life.

# double-take - Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Double Take: Have you walked down Murdering Lane in Dublin?

A horrible history of this unassuming alleyway in Dublin 8.

# double-take - Wednesday 11 July, 2018

Double Take: The windowless landmark on Dublin's College Green

No room with a view from Bank of Ireland’s headquarters.

# double-take - Wednesday 4 July, 2018

Double Take: The bronze statue of Charlie Chaplin standing alone in a Kerry village

The Tramp’s go-to getaway in Ireland.

# double-take - Wednesday 27 June, 2018

Double Take: The kitchen chair and teddy bear sitting on top of a Wicklow mountain

The chair, cast in bronze, looks out over the fields below.

# double-take - Wednesday 20 June, 2018

Double Take: The Leeside house that inspired a world-famous mathematician

George Boole produced some of his most famous work at 5 Grenville Place.

# double-take - Wednesday 13 June, 2018

Double Take: The Bride St plaques featuring stories of life in Dublin 8

Quotes, stories and jokes from inner-city residents, all cast in bronze.

# double-take - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

Double Take: The street in a Sligo town mysteriously named after Buenos Aires

Don’t cry for Strandhill, Argentina.

# double-take - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

Double Take: The bronze bust celebrating a 19th-century Bengali poet in Stephen's Green

Rabindranath Tagore enjoys the city centre greenery.

# double-take - Wednesday 23 May, 2018

Double Take: The striking Corporation flats designed by Herbert G Simms

The buildings that shape Dublin’s city centre.

# double-take - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

Double Take: The plaque in Rathmines celebrating telescope maker Howard Grubb

In plain sight on Observatory Lane.

# double-take - Wednesday 9 May, 2018

Double Take: St Valentine's heart in a box in a Dublin church

St Valentine’s heart will go on.

# double-take - Wednesday 2 May, 2018

Double Take: The gigantic 3D squirrel beside Tara Street station

Look up on your way to the Dart and you’ll spot this spectacular squirrel.

# double-take - Wednesday 25 April, 2018

Double Take: The fairy village tucked behind a West Cork café

Stop in at Ger’s Wild Atlantic Diner for a cup of tea and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what else you find there.

# double-take - Wednesday 18 April, 2018

Double Take: Spot the Rory Gallagher tribute outside this Donegal nursing home

Rock Hospital by name… and by nature.

# double-take - Wednesday 11 April, 2018

Have you spotted the forgotten Penny Dreadful signage on this Dublin side street?

Take a wander through Dame Court and you’ll spot a piece of Victorian London.

# double-take - Wednesday 4 April, 2018

Double Take: The tribute to a failed Spanish general on Cork's Cornmarket St

Don Juan de Aquila is also the ‘Spaniard’ who inspired the famous Kinsale pub.

# double-take - Wednesday 28 March, 2018

Double Take: The larger-than-life honey bee on a Co Kerry street

The mural was painted by artist Lorraine McDonnell in 2016.

KILLORGLIN, CO KERRY is world-famous for a three-day event where a goat is crowned king.

While Puck Fair is rightly known the world over, Killorglin has a smaller, slightly less famous festival: K-Fest, a smorgasbord of art, culture and performance that takes over the town every June Bank Holiday weekend.

K-Fest 2016 was, by all accounts, a huge success, and featured an incredible mural, painted by award-winning Cork artist Lorraine McDonnell.

The mural, of a honeybee dripping in orange and yellow, can still be seen in the village’s Fairfield car park today.

Lorraine told

I was approached by the K-Fest committee to do the mural and sent images of the building . Something about its shape reminded me of a bee hive, so from there I began to the develop the idea[.]

More than half of Ireland’s bee species have substantially declined in number since the 1980s – a fact Lorraine wanted to highlight with her mural.

honey-bee-k-fest Source: K-Fest/Facebook

The piece took a full week to complete, with Lorraine atop scaffolding all day, every day. The mural was finally unveiled in June 2016, to much fanfare, and has regularly made lists of Ireland’s best murals since.

Lorraine describes her creation as “a bright and cheerful image that injects a slice of fun and creative energy into the surrounding ordinariness.”

honey-bee-k-fest-3 Source: K-Fest/Facebook

K-Fest dedicated the mural to “each and every person in Killorglin town”.

The response was great, remembers Lorraine:

As I was painting the mural I got a lot of great feedback from other artists in the festival, as well as the locals, children and people in general going about their daily business. There was also a great reaction from the Tidy Town committee in Killorglin.

So next time you’re parking in the town centre, keep your eyes peeled for this bright, colourful mural – and maybe pick up some local honey while you’re at it!

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# double-take - Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Double Take: What's with the burning building logo all over Dublin city centre?

You’ll spot them on lampposts all over the city.

# double-take - Wednesday 14 March, 2018

Double Take: The Waterford town that's splitting the atom

Take a stroll through Dungarvan and you’ll spot some intriguing carvings outside the shops on Grattan Square.

# double-take - Wednesday 7 March, 2018

# double-take - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

Double Take: The Irish Hollywood in the Wicklow Gap

City of dreams!

# double-take - Wednesday 21 February, 2018

Double Take: The gory Limerick mural with a nod to Hello Kitty

It’s an eye-popping design… and we really do mean ‘eye-popping’.

# double-take - Wednesday 14 February, 2018

Have you heard about the hungry tree in Dublin 7?

It’s been gobbling a bench for the last eighty years.

# double-take - Wednesday 7 February, 2018

Double Take: The technicolour rock at the centre of the Waterford-Kilkenny rivalry

Mount Misery’s rockface is blue and white one day, black and amber the next.

# double-take - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

# double-take - Wednesday 24 January, 2018

Double Take: The estate in Coolock named after the 1969 moon landing

Ever heard of Armstrong Walk?

# double-take - Wednesday 17 January, 2018

Double Take: The plaque commemorating Raymond Chandler's unlikely connection to Waterford

One of the leading crime writers of the twentieth century has roots in Waterford.

# double-take - Wednesday 10 January, 2018

Double Take: The little-known Dublin plaque to an unsung hero of the Famine

Ever heard of Pawel Edmund Strzelecki?

# double-take - Wednesday 3 January, 2018

Double Take: The story of the hoax 'Fr Pat Noise' plaque on O'Connell Bridge

How pranksters erected a plaque on O’Connell Bridge and got one over on Dublin City Council.

# double-take - Tuesday 19 December, 2017

Double Take: Have you seen these 'Headache Well' signs in north Tipperary?

Here’s why they’re there. (And why we could all do with one.)