Behold: the fantastic star-formation region near the edge of NGC 2174, aka The Monkey’s Head Nebula in the constellation of Orion, about 6,400 light-years away. To wit:

It follows mountainous clouds of gas and dust carved by winds and radiation from the region’s newborn stars, now found scattered in open star clusters embedded around the center of NGC 2174, off the top of the frame. Though star formation continues within these dusty cosmic clouds they will likely be dispersed by the energetic newborn stars within a few million years. Recorded at infrared wavelengths by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2014, the interstellar scene spans about 6 light-years. Scheduled for launch in 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope is optimized for exploring the Universe at infrared wavelengths.

(Image : NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)


The Hendron’s Building,

A protected structure in Dominick Street Upper, Dublin 7.

Paddy Cahill writes:

A little bit late but the deadline for observations to An Bord Pleanála is tomorrow [Tuesday] at 5.30pm for observations about the proposed development at Hendron’s Building.

The proposal is to build a large co-living scheme there around the building (one of the few Modernist buildings on the city’s Record of Protected Structures).

I made a quick video (above) the other day about the building…More details here.

Hendron’s Building application here.


Chris Ledwidge – No. 17 in G minor for Solo Piano

Music for the bleak midwinter.

Limerick-based composer Chris Ledwidge is working on a 4 EP project with a seasonal theme which will cover all of the different textures he is currently writing in: Classical in Winter; Ambient in Spring; Electronic in Summer; and a combination with an Ensemble title for Autumn.

This featured piece is from the winter EP.

Chris says:

“Each sound has its own EP release but they will all exist within the same compositional world with threads connecting each release through the year.”

Chris is also a member of the band Athens.

Nick says: How sweet the change from major to minor.

Chris Ledwidge

N17 – Tolu Makay and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

In fairness.



From left: Tom Talbot, Head of Customs Operations, Dublin Port, Hazel Sheridan, Head of Import Controls, Department of Agriculture, Eddie Burke, Brexit Division, Dept of Transport and Declan Hughes, Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

This morning/afternoon.

Government Officials from the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, the Department of Transport and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment gave an update on the operation of Dublin Port following the end of the Brexit transition period.


Around 1 in 5 trucks which arrived into Dublin Port in the last 24 hours have faced delays.

Revenue says just under 80 percent of freight arriving into the Port have been allowed to leave without any additional checks, as a result of Brexit.

It says trade is still not as high as it had anticipated, but believes it will increase in the coming days and weeks.

20% Of Trucks Arriving In To Dublin Port Face Delays Arising From Brexit (KFM)


This morning.

A 28-year-old man has admitted murdering an 11-year-old boy in the south of the country over a year ago.

Neither can be named owing to Section 252 of the Children Act, 2001 which prohibits the identification of child victims including a deceased child.

Via RTÉ News:

The man was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today via video-link from prison.

He pleaded guilty to murdering the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, in the south of the country on 3 November 2019.

Furthermore, Mr Delaney said that there was a certain “family relationship” between the accused and deceased and as a result the accused man could not be named in the context of the location of the offence.

Man admits murdering 11-year-old boy in 2019 (RTÉ)

Previously: Protecting Whom?

Pic: Central Criminal Court

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