Much has been written about the Titanic disaster over the past one hundred years and I certainly don’t have anything new to add to the bank of knowkedge which is out there.
As the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking approached I found myself trawling through websites which held facts and figures concerning every aspect of the big ship and its short exixtence above water. For its time, the ship was a huge accomplishment in engineering and it embodied over 18 million man-hours of toil but it stayed a mere two weeks in existence as a completed ship before it vanished for seventy three years. (Re-discovery came in 1985)
What follows are some of the well known dimensional and other facts, as well as some that are lesser known, which I found during my search.
Margaret Heavey, B.Sc, M.Sc.
Burnham woods and lagoon, located within the grounds of Coláiste Íde, is quite striking in its uniqueness. The site is one of the only areas of mature woodland located on the Dingle peninsula and the diversity of species therein is also quite unusual. The lagoon formation occurred as a result of the alteration of the natural inlet via the construction (and later partial demolition) of a causeway bridge by Lord Ventry in the early nineteenth century to provide quicker access from one side of the inlet to the other.
The lagoon and woodland were once a major local amenity, providing recreational boating and walking facilities for the local residents, however, this has declined somewhat in recent times, although it is still quite a popular site especially for bird watching, walking, collecting plants on the shoreline and for the densely populated mussel beds on the nearby shorefront.
Now that the summer of 2012 has officially reached an end and the autumn is upon us, our thoughts turn to courses and autumnal occupations. There is an interesting project in hand by RTE and Macalla Teoranta. The aim of the project is to broadcast an insight into life as lived by young people in Ireland. With this in mind they are inviting young people of all ages from 0 to 18 years to take and submit videos that describe the sort of life they lead.