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Mullingar

Mullingar (in Irish an Muileann gCearr , ie “the mill gauchi”) is a city in the center of Ireland , 80 kilometers from Dublin . It is the administrative center of the county of Westmeath in Ireland and is the seat of the Catholic diocese of Meath . The city had 20,103 inhabitants at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in Westmeath County. The city has services such as libraries, high schools, gymnasiums, art centers, a train station and the stadium of the GAA  : the Cusack-park.

Renowned for livestock in its markets, the city has given birth to the Irish expression “having meat on his heels like a heifer of Mullingar” (a remark mocking the well-wrapped young girls of the ankles).

Monuments include the monastery of Augustine whose brotherhood has disappeared, the wall of Jealousy Wall , 55 meters long , the largest false ruin in Ireland, on the lands of Belvedere House. See also Fore Abbey (Fore Abbey) .

The city is covered by two newspapers: the Westmeath Topic , and the Westmeath Examiner , the latter with the largest circulation in Westmeath County in the second half of 2006.

History

The town of Mullingar is mentioned for the first time in a manuscript of the xii th  century one called The Life of Saint Colman 2 , Lynn, who is kept in the Library of Rennes in France.

It was founded around 1186 by Guillaume Petit , a Norman baron , who had built a castle overlooking the river Brosna where the county buildings are now located.

Mullingar today

Singers Joe Dolan and the Swarbrigg brothers , as well as Michael O’Leary of Ryanair have recently lived in Mullingar. Niall Horan of the boys band One Direction was born here. The surrounding areas are also famous for their lakes: Lough Owel , Lough Ennell , Lough Lene and Lough Derravaragh which attract anglers, windsurfers and hikers. Lough Derravaragh and Lough Lene are best known for their connection to the Irish legend of King Lir’s children . After being transformed into swans, the children of King Lir spent three hundred years on the Lough Derravaragh during their tragic adventures.

Recently, the tin articles of the Mullingar Pewter plant located near the city have become one of Mullingar’s main exports. Small sculptures, the “pilgrims”, enthroned in the windows of the various shops of Austin Friers street are also world famous.

Culture 

Mullingar hosted the Fleadh Cheoil 3 in 1951 (creation) and in 1963.

Victor’s Way

Way Victor  (formerly  Way Victoria  ), located near  Roundwood  ,  County  Wicklow  ,  Ireland  , is a remarkable private meditation garden for its black granite sculptures. The 9-hectare property includes a number of small lakes and wooded areas. A plaque at the entrance indicates that the park is dedicated to the cryptographer  Alan Turing .

The park closed in 2015 under  the  name of ”  Victoria’s Way”  with the owner saying,  “Too many excursionists have become a fun park for parents with children, designed as a contemplative garden for over 28 years. but was then reopened as  Victor’s Way  on April 15, 2016 with new age restrictions and higher entry fees. [3]  The change of name actually amounts to its original name  [4]

The park is open to the public during the summer months (15 April – 25 September), with admission for adults only with a minimum contribution. 

Sculptures 

Most of the statues in the park are in  black granite  , some in  bronze  and 1.5 to 4.9 m high. [5]  The first structure at the entrance is a sculptured tunnel based on the idea of ​​the  dentate vagina  . The first statue added to the park was the fasting Buddha. [6]

Eight statues are dedicated to  Ganesha  , showing the god of the elephant dancing, reading and playing musical instruments. [7]  All Ganesha sculptures were made in  Tamil Nadu  ,  India  , and each took five artisans a year to do. [8]

Other statues include a large python-shaped seat, a solitary index pointing to the sky, and interpretations of  Buddha  ,  Shiva  ,  Eve  and others.

Many sculptures include small patterns of modernity, such as a small pint of  Guinness  next to a Ganesha and a cell phone nestled in the back of a hungry Buddha. [9]

Property 

The park is owned and maintained by Victor Langheld, born in 1940 in  Berlin  and lived with a number of different religious orders in Thailand, Japan and Sri Lanka. [10] The  family legacy allowed Langheld to spend most of his adult life traveling to spiritual sites in  Asia  , before traveling to Ireland and sponsoring the construction of the sculpture park.

Langheld designed most of the sculptures,  [8]  and continues to organize the park and welcome visitors. Continue reading

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