An Arcadian Maid 1910

An arcadian maid


A young girl looking for work, is hired by a farmer’s wife to work as a maid. A smooth talking peddler comes by the farm, and flirts with the young maid. He gives the naive girl an engagement ring and promises to marry her. When the peddler runs up some gambling debts, he visits the maid again and tells her they cannot marry until he has enough money to pay off his debt. While the farmer and his wife are asleep, the maid foolishly steals their money. The peddler takes the money and leaves on a train to get out of town. Overcome with guilt, the young maid runs away from the farm. Meanwhile the peddler gets into a fight and is thrown off the train. The maid stumbles upon him by the railroad tracks. She finds the money on the peddler and returns it to the farm couple before they even knew it was missing.
– Written by Pamela Short
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writer: Stanner E.V. Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, George Nichols

Holidays Ireland – Out and About

Birr Castle , Co. Offaly

The residential areas of the castle are not open to the public,though the grounds and gardens of the demesne are publicly accessible.

The gardens are a treat and well worth a visit they are home  to an abundance of rare plants. Within the 50 hectares you will find the world’s tallest box hedges, over 40 champion trees, over 2000 species of plant as well as rivers, lake and waterfalls. It now has plant material collected and subscribed for by 3 generations of the family, as well as some of the most famous plant hunters, past and present. It was the first garden in Ireland to receive specimens of Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood) after its discovery in China in 1945.

However the centerpiece of all in this demesne is “The Great Telescope” and I quote from their PR blurb

In the early 1840’s, the Third Earl of Rosse designed and built the largest telescope in the world. With this telescope, he discovered the spiral nature of some of the galaxies, and from 1845-1914, anyone wishing to witness this phenomenon had to come to Birr. And they came, in their hundreds, from across Europe and beyond, to observe the stars with Lord Rosse or simply to marvel at this feat of engineering in the middle of Ireland.
This Reflecting telescope remained the largest in the world for over 70 years and is arguably the largest historic scientific instrument still working today. This ‘leviathan’ as it is named, remains in the centre of the Demesne as Ireland’s greatest scientific wonder and represents a masterpiece of human creative genius.
The Science centre demonstrates how the extraordinary telescope, now magnificently restored, was built in the castle workshops by the people of Birr. Scientific instruments are displayed, alongside interactive models to explain how they were used.


Above the telescope

the castle

Birr Castle

In My opinion looks a bit gloomy


My daughter Jenny with her niece Isabelle





Kids Playhouse

From Birr we journeyed to Kinnitty Castle for Lunch. Overall not to interesting


Enough for today more tomorrow

Fantômas II: Juve contre Fantômas 1913



In Part Two of Louis Feuillade’s 5 1/2-hour epic follows FantÃ’mas, the criminal lord of Paris, master of disguise, the creeping assassin in black, as he is pursued by the equally resourceful Inspector Juve.
Director: Louis Feuillade
Writers: Marcel Allain (novel), Louis Feuillade | 1 more credit »
Stars: René Navarre, Edmund Breon, Georges Melchior

Lucky Star 1925


Harry leaves home to become a doctor, but winds up with “Doc” Healy’s Medicine Show.
Director: Harry Edwards
Writers: Frank Capra, Al Giebler (titles)
Stars: Harry Langdon, Natalie Kingston, Vernon Dent

To view please click on thelink below




Holidays – Tipperary- Ireland


In the background of the photo below is the mountain of Slievenamon. Up the now overgrown laneway I rented a  small farm house for about five years. Happy times I had their …Big garden all my own fruit and veg, homemade beer and parties. About a 30 minute walk across the fields one reaches the village at Ballypatrick and Gibbs pub at the crossroads –  a nice place for a few drinks. Half up the mountain was Michael Keogh’s pub from which one had a great view across the valley.

This locale is best remembered by the song Slievenamon written by Charles Kickham who was an Irish revolutionary, novelist, poet, journalist and one of the most prominent members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Kickham is best known for his book  “Knocknagow,” or “The Homes of Tipperary” which is a story relating to the life of a peasant farmer but told with humor which is unusual for one a with a subversive bent.

Below is a recording of the song  “Slievenamon” by Irish tenor Frank Patterson.

For the movie “Knocknagow,” click on the following link





Below daughter no 2 Jenny with her husband Martin in the Mountains near Clonmel


Must go now as we have visitors – Maurice and Nat

maurice and nat

To be continued

Knocknagow 1918



The agent of an absentee landlord resorts to underhand means in order to evict tenants from land that could be more profitably used for cattle. Adapted from the 1879 novel of the same name

Director: Fred O’Donovan

Produced by: Jim Sullivan
Writer: Charles Kickham (play)
Stars: Brian Magowan, Fred O’Donovan, Kathleen Murphy

For more information please consult the very excellent site …

Another excellent site for information on this film


Fantômas Part 1 In the Shadow of the Guillotine 1913



French serial in five separate parts over the next 5 days

For the arch-criminal Fantômas, no crime is too daring, too adventurous. A master of disguise, he has no trouble relieving the Princess Danidoff of her priceless pearl necklace at the Royal Palace Hotel. Inspectator Juve is determined to capture Fantômas and put an end to his limitless villainy. Whilst investigating the disappearance of Lord Beltham, Juve finds himself on the trail of his arch-enemy once more. He discovers that Beltham’s widow has been having a secret affair with a mysterious stranger, Gurn. In Gurn’s apartment, Juve discovers the dead body of Lord Beltham and business cards bearing the name Fantômas. A triumphant Juve makes an easy arrest of Gurn, alias Fantômas, and is sure that nothing can save the evil-doer from the guillotine. But Lady Beltham has an ingenious plan to save her lover, using an actor Valgrand who closely resembles Gurn. ×

Director: Louis Feuillade
Writers: Marcel Allain (novel), Louis Feuillade
Stars: René Navarre, Edmund Breon, Georges Melchior

<p><a href=”″>Fantomas – A l’ombre de la guillotine (1913)</a> from <a href=”″>George Morbedadze</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>