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 Ian Ritchie (right), creator of the Dublin Spire (top), and proposals for Notre Dame (left)

Ian Ritchie – who is best known for designing the Spire of Dublin, – plans to submit a competition entry including a spire that would be “a refracting, super-slender reflecting crystal to heaven.”

The structure, which would be made of crystal, stainless steel and glass, Ritchie said, would “get to touch heaven’s clouds in a piece of celestial gothic acupuncture.”

“I think it would need to be perforated — at least 50 per cent empty space to eliminate wind loads — and could be a beautiful contemporary tracery of glass crystals and stainless steel,” he added…

France launched a competition for designs to rebuild Notre-Dame (Insider)

Ian Ritchie, creator of the Spire in Dublin—one of the most vacuous large monuments in the world—said that the Notre-Dame spire should be “a refracting, super-slender reflecting crystal to heaven,” a glass version of his Dublin monument, in fact.

If French president Emmanuel Macron had any sense, he would forbid any modernist British architect from coming within a radius of 100 miles of Notre-Dame—not that French modernist architects are any better, of course.

The Egos Are Landing in Paris (Theodore Dlarymple)


Theordore Dalrymple?

This morning.

Paris, France

Tess writes:

For people worried about the incredible stained glass rose windows of Notre Dame at least one has been destroyed, but the enormous one at the nave seems to be intact…


French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame after a major fire partially destroyed the Paris landmark.

Firefighters managed to save the 850-year-old Gothic building’s main stone structure, including its two towers, but the spire and roof collapsed.

Notre-Dame fire: Macron pledges to reconstruct cathedral (BBC)

Last night: Meanwhile, In Paris


This morning

Newspaper coverage of the blaze from around the world.

Earlier: De Tuesday Papers


Paris, France.




More as we get it.

Members of the Notre Dame College football team at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s match against Navy.

Update: those boots are a limited edition designed by Notre Dame and made by Adidas America specifically for Saturday’s match.:

Notre Dame To Wear Cleats Resembling irish Flag (USA Today)

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Some septic tanks from Notre Dame,
Are all coming here for a game,
And yet nobody knows,
The name of their foes,
Which I think is rather a shame.

John Moynes

Unless you can do better (with the same subject)?

Oh yes, it’s a Thursday ‘Rick Off.

A prize [we are currently sourcing] for the limerick judged ‘finest’.

Lines close at 1pm



The winner

The yanks are back in the auld sod
To play their football so odd
But while they’re all cheering
The locals are sneering
Cos Céad Míle Fáilte’s a fraud.


Runner Up

Though not fans of the Yanks on the whole,
This old nonsense has tickled the soul.
They’ve caught “football” fever,
And they’ll pack the Aviva,
Yet they wonder, “Who the hell is in goal?”

The Old Boy


Honourable mention

Once again, it’s the great Gary Flood,
Drawing more winning limerick blood,
They appeal to the masses,
Except for the asses,
Whom he brings down to earth with a thud…



ZipAhDeeDooDah was disqualified because Gary Flood is not a game of football between Notre Dame and Navy.