Day 3 – 5 Day B&W Challenge: Links, Past and Present

Yesterday, I shared a photo taken inside St Stephens Green so why not show you one of the entrances? I chose this pic because it links Ireland and South Africa. As the de Wet’s nominated me for the challenge I think they may like seeing this tenuous link with SA. The Fusiliers Arch, as the structure is officially named, is the entrance to the park from Dublin’s pedestrian walkway, Grafton Street.

I mention “official” because the arch has another, slightly more sinister name. Traitor’s Gate. The arch was so-called because the names inscribed on the underside are those of Irish soldiers who died while fighting with the Brits, against the Boers, in South Africa.

As the de Wets (and I) are of Boer extraction we could be forgiven for agreeing with the unofficial name but as we have learned tolerance and acceptance we may just smile wryly at the mention of the name. History is supposed to teach us lessons, is it not?

Traitor's Gate? No... Fusiliers Arch on St Stephens Green, Dublin, Ireland

Seems a gremlin in the software caused the photo to be uploaded like this after I cropped it. Looks to me as if Lady Serendipity meant it to be sanitised. I like the effect so here’s hoping you do too.

OK, back to the challenge…


There are only two rules for this challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

Today I want to introduce you to an Irish lady who’s fond of black and white. I hope Livvy enjoys the challenge as much as I have and posts more of her great black and white photos.


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3 Responses to Day 3 – 5 Day B&W Challenge: Links, Past and Present

  1. livvy30 says:

    Thanks AJ! I’ll have to get my thinking cap on for some posts!


  2. de Wets Wild says:

    Very imposing structure AJ! A reminder of a very different Ireland 115 years ago, already subject to British Imperialism while South Africa’s Boers were then fighting to stave it off…


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