Friday, May 13, 2011

We seek him here we seek him there !

Strange things are going on for sure !
I had a video lined up and saved to show you all and Blogger went off line for an hour, at least that's what they said yesterday. They are back now and your video is gone.

Manhole covers are still being lifted as the security circus progresses.
30 million it is costing,some say it is costing a lot more, town will be shut down and if you are going to the airport make good plans.

Here is a sample from the AA roadwatch site.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Ireland from next Tuesday (17th) to Friday (20th), visiting Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary and Cork.

The following is a guide to the events with a list of some of the road closures and parking restrictions. Due to the high security around the visit, all details are subject to change and many details may not be made available until hours before any closures.

Dublin will remain open for business next week. However, anyone travelling into the city is advised to plan your journey in advance, allow extra time for your journey, expect to complete some journeys on foot and use public transport and public transport facilities where possible. However, check timetable and route changes before setting off and there may be brief disruption to transport services at times.

Gardai will direct traffic at major junctions, with the aim to facilitate movement in the city.

The itinerary for the first two days in Dublin, is known to include:

A formal welcome by President McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin.
A ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance.
A courtesy call on the Taoiseach at Government Buildings.
A State dinner in Dublin Castle.

The programme of events is also expected to include events at:

Trinity College Dublin.
The National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge.
The Guinness Storehouse.
Croke Park.

On Thursday 19th May Mary Byrne, Westlife and other guests will perform at a special ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II at the Dublin Convention Centre in the Docklands. 2,000 guests have been invited to the event and President Mary McAleese will also be in attendance.
Public Transport:

All public transport will operate during Queen Elizabeth’s visit There but there will be some alterations and diversions in Dublin City. Anyone traveling into the city is advised to take public transport where possible.

Irish Rail:

Rail services will be suspended between Connolly and Pearse on Weds 18th May; 10:45am-11:15am, 2:30pm-3pm, 3:30pm-4pm and on Thurs 19th May; 5:30pm-6:15pm, 7:45pm-8:15pm. During these times, northside services will operate from Howth/Malahide and Drogheda to and from Connolly Station. Southside services will operate from Bray and Greystones to and from Pearse Station.

On Wednesday 18th May, Maynooth services will not serve Drumcondra Station between 10:30am and 4pm. There will also be delays to some Maynooth line services.

Also on Wednesday, to accommodate the Europa League match, Lansdowne Road Station will be closed from 5pm to 8pm. Passengers should travel to and from Grand Canal Dock Station or Sandymount Station. Grand Canal Dock Station will be closed as usual from approx 7:45pm to 11pm.

Detailed updates will be available on

Dublin Bus & Bus Éireann:

There will be some diversions to Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann services during the State Visits of Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama from Tuesday May 17th to Tuesday May 24th inclusive. For detailed diversions see and


Details on Luas operations will be updated by Monday 17th May.
City Centre and Major Route Restrictions:

Gardai will aid traffic movement and will also be present at road closures.

A number of diversions will be put in place on a rolling basis throughout the city. Further details will be available in the coming days.

Parking Restrictions:

There will be no parking from 6am Saturday 14th to Friday 20th May on the 30 routes listed below. There will also be barriers along these routes in the city centre over the weekend and into Monday 16th.

Chesterfield Ave Lord Edward St

North Quays Dame St

South Quays Conyngham Rd

Parkgate St Rainsford St

O’ Connell St Christchurch Place

Parnell Square (All Sides) South Circular Rd (Con Colbert Rd to Conyngham Rd)

D’Olier St Beresford Place

Westmoreland St Gardiner St

College St Mountjoy Square

Grafton St Fitzgibbon St

Nassau St Russell St

South Leinster St Jones Rd

Lincoln Place Memorial Rd

Westland Row Castle St

Pearse St Werburgh St

Bridge St Ship St

High St Stephen St

Cornmarket Guild St

Thomas St Sherriff St Upr

James’s Street Crane St


Tuesday 17th:

From 6am, O’Connell St and Parnell Square will be closed.

From 11:30am the N4/Lucan Rd will close inbound at the M50 Interchange, with traffic diverting onto the M50 north and southbound. Non-motorway traffic should divert at J3 Lucan onto the Outer Ring Rd. Access to Palmerston and Ballyfermot will be via Liffey Valley and Coldcut Rd.

From 11:30am to 12:30pm delays can be expected on the N7/Naas Rd inbound and on the M50 motorway as rolling road closures will be in place for a short period.

From midday there will be traffic restrictions in Dublin City Centre, which will primarily impact on traffic traveling along and across the North and South Quays but will also include College Green and D’Olier St.

All traffic restrictions are expected to be lifted by 5pm.

Wednesday 18th:

From 8am the N4/Lucan Rd will close inbound at the M50 Interchange. Diversions will be as above.

From 9am additional traffic restrictions will be rolled out and will continue into Wednesday evening and this will primarily impact on traffic traveling along and across the North and South Quays.

The Europa Cup Final will take place in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening. There will be road closures around the stadium all day and delays can be expected in the evening.
Phoenix Park:

There will be no parking in the Phoenix Park, from 6pm Sunday 15th until Wednesday 25th May.

There will be restricted access to the park and traffic disruption can be expected.

Dublin Zoological Gardens will be closed on Tuesday 17th and Monday 23rd May. Dublin Zoo will be open on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May and parking will be available in and around the Zoo. However, parking may be limited. From Wednesday 18th to Saturday 20th and on Turesday 24th May the Zoo will open but there will be no parking available in the park. On Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd the Zoo will open with limited parking.

Knockmaroon Gate in the Phoenix Park will be CLOSED to all traffic.

Tues 17th to Thurs 19th May inclusive.
Fri 20th from 7am to 10am.

Note: there will be further closures the following week for President Obamas visit

Sun 22nd and Mon 23rd from 7am to 11pm.
Tues 24th from 7am to 11am.

From midday Tuesday 17th May there will be traffic restrictions on some routes in the Phoenix Park.

This is only a part of it all...its enough to make your head spin.

Not bad for a country that's bankrupt.

Today I saw it happen again, I have seen it 4 times now in the last few weeks.
Hobos walking down the street, they feel a call to have a pee and unzip in front of the new litter bins, they stick their penis through the opening which is just at the right height and go. Now that is pretty bad in anyones book.
I just hope that someone will throw a lighted cigarette in from the other side,just for the hell of it.
Readincg in the Irish Times I was happy to see that professor Kieran Byrne from the Waterford instatute of technology defended the €100,000 he spent on taxis as "good value for money".He is right too.
I know, I go everywhere by taxi myself.

WELL KNOWN TERRORISTS ARE BEING LIFTED IN Co.CLARE. Been Sleepin, Been Drinkin and been Shopping have been rounded up they are still looking for Been Working

Someone told me that they didn't see 2 sets of twins in this video.
So here it is again, it's really so well done!
Double click on it to get it full screen.

I often think about who I met and I wonder if I need share, I get so little feedback that I just don't know what to say.
Hows about a girl from France whose mother was from Peru !
"Wow you are so lucky to experience the French quisine." Her reply was "No the flavours of Peruvian cooking are much much better, we have influences from all over the world, there was a lot of African slaves in Peru years ago, many Chinese as well not to mention Irish and Scots as well as others. So with such a mixture we have a very varied selection of dishes. But in France the quality and freshness of their produce is fantastic"
She works for Google here.

Another lady working in retail who just graduated from fashion school taking a year off to see Vietnam, Cambodia, Thyland etc.
Not that I pick up that many passingers, but I respect their right to privacy and after a long day you all become a big blur.

An interesting court case was resolved the other day when 2 barmen gave a customer multiple shots of whiskey in a pint glass. He downed it in one go and died from alcahol poisoning.
In Australia or America the barman is responasble for dispensing alcahol, they would be fined or loose their licence. But over here the respensability in on the customer, even if they are drunk, or so it seems, the charge of manslaughter was struck out.

There will be a TV programme on RTE the Irish TV station at 9.35 pm Monday. It will be about criminal activity within the taxi industry.
When it has been shown I will give a link to the replayer link, so the rest of the world can see it.
But there are criminals at work in every strata of society, I don't imagine taxi drivers are any worse than lawyers for example.

Magic secret for sale. Worth the money?


  1. I wish you luck with keeping all the closures straight. My head was spinning.

  2. Hiya John

    As usual your blog makes good reading, good to know about the roads been closed, these visits will mess up Dublin for a few days making your job all the harder

    On a side note one of your videos starts playing on its own when i open your page, very annoying, its the plane one from russia


  3. Glad you're still hanging in there. Like the Russian plane I can't stop that plane.
    Yhis is only the start of the blockages.

  4. Should read Pilot