So who owns football anyway?

The other day my son asked me ‘Dad, what do you call the people who own football?’ He meant FIFA of course, and it’s interesting that that’s the way it’s seen nowadays. I put it to him that he owned it, and I owned it, and so did everybody else. …

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Thoughts on love, home, and the Tugendhat House

Thoughts on love, home, and the Tugendhat House

I’ve often thought that the words ‘love’ and ‘home’ are the most powerful in the English language, and in my mind at least, they are almost interchangeable. The story of the Tugendhat House in Brno is a common one in pre- World War …

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Building Control Regulations Amendments

THE BUILDING CONTROL (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, S.I. 9

Background Information

The Current System – prior to BC(A)R

There is no statutory lodgement and approval system for Building Control Regulations in Ireland, other than a statutory lodgement and approval system for Disability Access and Fire Safety Certificates.

The BC(A)R System – from March …

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Broken Electric Shower – Make do and Mend

Bad luck and bad timing (a few days before Christmas) with our electric shower, gave me an opportunity lately to put my ‘make do and mend’ impulses to work. Anybody who knows me will know I am wont to spending Friday evening fixing the brakes or straightening a wheel on …

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Everyday architecture no. 3

Gate way - everydayarch 3We pass them every day: every field has an entrance, and most have gate posts. Most rural houses have gate pillars of one sort or …

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Ran Mor Close, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

RanMor Close

The latest phase of the Rann Mor housing development, the A3 energy- rated Rann Mor Close has now been completed and all the homes are occupied. These GDC …

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Energy Watch 2 – Site Selection

In the forthcoming articles for Energy Watch we will divide our comments into “New Build” and “Existing” but we hope that existing and prospective house owners will find time to read both sections as there are many ideas and philosophies that apply across the board. The big idea is that …

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Every day architecture

Shed at StranorlarOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Le Corbusier

When the Swiss architect Le Corbusier sat down to design the Notre Dame du Haut chapel at Ronchamp in eastern France in 1950, it is unlikely that he was thinking about farm buildings in Donegal. He may or may not have known that he was about to create a masterpiece, …

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The shed at Stranorlar

The shed at Stranorlar could be called a primitive building type, as it was built using local knowledge, building materials and labour, and was (is) very functional. Windows and doors are only where they need to be. At the same time, the shed has to do with ideas of growth …

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