US president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was so impressed with tales of the Shannon Hydro Electric Scheme, the landmark infrastructure project of the fledging Irish State in the 1920s, that he sought details from Dublin on what he called the ‘magnificent Shannon Scheme’. Franklin D. Roosevelt   The Ardnacrusha power station in County Clare (it still produces power today), depicted on the cover of our latest book, Gombeens at the Gate […]

Character of Irish Water – Clear, Fresh and Transparent

120 Nights Candles are Burnt Out
The front cover  illustration of our book ‘Gombeens at the Gate‘  is called Nights Candles are Burnt Out . It is a painting completed in 1929 by the Limerick artist Seán Keating (1889-1977) and depicts the ‘Shannon Scheme’ at Ardnacrusha. Here is Keating’s own description of the work according to the May 1932 edition of The Sphere magazine: “The title suggests that the dawn has come, when the dim candlelight of surviving medievalism […]

What is the front cover painting of ‘Gombeens at the ...