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Trans-substantial Catholics

Watch this. What are the priests doing? Catholic Litmus Test If you are Catholic, then I hope for the sake of your soul you said he is welcoming Christ bodily into the world. If you didn’t you aren’t looking too […]


Poor Hanno

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Intelligence and Happiness?

A while ago, the Inquisition pondered the nature of intelligence, and whether a certain outlook or attendant mental abilities are guides to or from happiness. This has been obliquely in the news of late…


Buried by the Sea

Its odd. Most graveyards in Connemara appear to be near water, if not actually right on the coast. Why? West Galway, or Connemara, has a lot of unused space. Admittedly, much of the land Connemara is industrially and agriculturally useless, […]


Cycling Two Abreast

Cycling two abreast in Ireland is legal, a protected practice, and it is safer.


Indoors / Outdoors (Defuse)

A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland


Nürnburg’s Extra Bombs

Nürnburg got ripped to shreds by Bomber Harris’ boys. By how much appears to be open to debate.


Law & Morality

The preface to HLA Hart’s publication of his 1961 lecture series on the meeting of law and morality is as prevalent today as it ever was.


Foy – The Bodiless Head

A bodiless head is revered as being Saint Foy, who died a cruel death.


Coffee Haters

There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.


False Flags 2

False flag, covert ops by Americans against Americans? Sounds crazy, and so it was deemed.


Plastic 55 Years Ago

55 years ago Roland Barthes considered the importance of plastic and what it meant, as a substance and a symbol.


Cesare Borgia’s Party

The Pope, his son and fifty prostitutes – Cesare Borgia’s party.


Marriage – A Potted History

Marriage is thought by many to be a fixed rite, one which is immovable and inflexible. The truth is that it has not always seemed so…


Blinking Morse

The world was shocked when a victim of torture started blinking morse. The story of a US aviator captured in Vietnam.


Synecdoche

Synecdoche is a powerful, expressive linguistic device


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An Oubliette 2

Enniscorthy Castle as it appears today (if you are wearing green sunglasses).

Enniscorthy Castle as it appears today (if you are wearing green sunglasses).

In the most recent issue of Dublin Review Colm Tóibín quotes an obscure tract which casts further examining light on a topic The Inquisition has previously glossed over in its usual glib manner; the oubliette. Discussing his father’s part-ownership of Wallop’s Castle in Enniscorthy, Tóibín quotes Hore’s History of County Wexford, written by Herbert Hore and published many years later by his son;

“…a circular oubliette, lit only by a small opening about six inches by four inches, close to ground-level. The chamber is connected with a second chamber; rectangular in plan, also underground. Stone steps led down from within the castle to this second chamber. Both chambers have the solid rock for floor out of which they are in part cut. The rock is similar to that of which the castle is mostly built… Incised in the plaster of the wall of the circular chamber under the south-west tower is an interesting graffito. It is three feet four inches high, and represents a young (unbearded) man in, apparently, the dress of a halberdier of the sixteenth century. His doublet is full above shoulders and body, fastened in at the waist, and ends above the elbows. He wears a ruff, or large collar. His hosen are tied in above the knee. With his left hand he flourishes a sword over his head, the scabbard of which sticks out at nearly right angles to his body… Even if he be not a halberdier, the dress is undoubtedly Elizabethan, and the graffito may be ascribed with mush probability to the time shortly after 1585…”

Enniscorthy Castle, Co.Wexford by Francis Grose, Published by S.Hooper in 1792. Available from http://www.oldirishmaps.com/

Enniscorthy Castle, Co.Wexford by Francis Grose, Published by S.Hooper in 1792. Available from http://www.oldirishmaps.com/

Bibliography
Visit the castle – information here
Number 43, Summer 2011, Dublin review
Wikipedia entry for Herbert Hore

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