In an Irish accent, I said to the young lady who was sitting at the counter next to me, “Do you want the mat?”
She smiled and nodded, and then took off the mat, saying, “Oh, that’s very nice.”
This is the mat from which I got the idea to take photos of Dublin’s traditional wooden bathmat.
I thought about how the mat would look when I returned to the city, how it would make a good addition to a new house, how the little white pieces would look and the look of a place where I would be sitting, talking to my daughter, and I was just blown away by the beauty of this mat.
There are many reasons why Dubliners love to keep their own homes.
For some it is about preserving history, for others it is a place of family and friends, and for others, it is home to a family, friends, pets and community.
The wooden bathmats I’ve taken from the city have become a part of my everyday life, which is one of the reasons I love photographing these timeless pieces of Irish heritage.
This mat from the Old Cork Castle, circa 1660 was one of a series of wooden bathtubs and mops made by the Cork Castle Museum.
It is one that I have taken from Dublin’s Old Cork City Hall, which was one-third the size of the Great Dublin Bathhouse in the city’s old city.
A woman from the Cork City Museum took me to a small garden at the back of the old city hall and showed me around.
I was delighted by the garden and its history.
It was a perfect setting to take these photos.
The garden at Cork City.
The Old Cork Cathedral in the distance.
I think it is worth noting that the wooden baths in the Great City Bathhouse have a certain beauty, with the wood being so finely cut and the floor of the bath being so polished.
The wooden bathtub and wooden floor in the Old City Hall of Dublin.
From left to right: a wooden bath, a wooden bath with a bath mat, and a wooden floor.
One of the wooden floors that was used in the new Great Dublin Building.
I love this wooden floor because it was a special floor from the time it was built.
It had no running water and it was covered in white paint.
This is what it looks like today when the building is still being constructed.
As I was leaving the garden, I asked the woman behind the counter if she had any wooden floor tiles for me to take.
“I can’t tell you but I can give you a tip,” she said, and with a smile, she handed me a few wooden tiles that she had been working on.
She gave me a couple of pairs of wooden floor tile strips that she used to cover the wooden floor, and she gave me some more wooden floor mats, as well.
In the back garden, there are two wooden floors.
Two wooden floor mat strips.
On a wooden wooden flooring in the garden at Old Cork.
Another wooden floor floor mat.
A wooden floor covering in the old Cork Cathedral.
My daughter, Niamh, was sitting on a wooden mat in the back corner.
Niamh’s wooden floor covers were the perfect addition to the Great Hall.
It was just perfect for sitting in, and there was just so much history and culture to explore.
I love the way the floor mats add to the charm of this hall.
More wooden floor matted floor in Old Cork