Friday, December 30, 2005

Luka Bloom, telescopes and the steam engine

What do all these have in common? Birr, home to estate of the Earls of Rosse which I visited today. Its Luka's song writing spot and whilst the estate's gardens where not at their summer finest they where still very beautiful and I can understand his muse a little better from visiting that spot. In addition, it houses the Levithan, once the world's largest telescope and beautifully restored. A later family member Charles Parson's invented the steam engine. All the family's interests in astronomy, engineering, photography and horticulture/botany are covered in a first rate museum on the estate. It was really great to visit what is being marketed as Ireland's historic science center and it is definitely worth a visit. It was a great way to chill out after having a few pints in Birr last night.


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