Tuesday 19 March 2019

No sign of high spelling standards on our streets

But surely we can rely on public signs to be the epitome of correctness. Or can we?

The citizens of Drogheda are being left confused by some road signs, and darn-right agitated by the sloppiness of others.

Let?s take the case of St Laurence Street.

On one sign they have it spelt ?Laurence?, and directly underneath it, it is spelt Lawrence.

Not to mention the town centre named after the medieval saint.

On one sign near the disabled lifts, he bears his saintly title, and on the main entrance he seems to have slipped his holy mantel. Which is it?

Another area for confusion is Rathmullen.

Or is it Rathmullan? According to the sign at Marley?s Lane it contains two a?s.

However, the residents of the park may beg to differ.

As long as Drogheda has been on the map, it has been Rathmullen, so who decided to change it?

For many years, the street that runs from Laurence (Lawrence?) Gate to Greenhills was called the Chord Road.

The signs said it, the residents knew and now for some reason, the signs, like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, have dropped their ?h?s.

The latest account has the Cord Road named after the long-knotted cord worn round the waist of the friars of St You-know-who. But who knows the truth?

The last of the signs that I spotted on a brief scan of the town (I would, of course, invite readers and visitors alike to submit their own) seems to be straying into the realms of misspelling.

The townland on the outskirts of the southside of Drogheda is called Beamore lads, and whoever put together the sign which said ?Beymore? needs to get out more, and take a notebook with them.

But then again, there are the corrections we make ourselves, like the lane leading from Fair Street to Narrow West Street (which is actually just West Street!), named after Alderman Edward Scholes.

There isn?t a person for miles around who doesn?t add an extra ?s? to Scholes?. Ah well.

A chance to view life on Mars

Local astronomers were given the chance to see the surface of the moon last week as a huge portable telescope was set up in Louth.

Mars is now closer to Earth than at any time until 2016; it is 108 million kms away from the earth and according to David Moore (Astronomy Ireland) it is the ideal time to view the surface detail on the planet.

Telescopes were set up in Cork, Clare, Donegal, Tipperary and in Dublin?s Phoenix Park as well as in County Louth.

Break a leg Bobby

Birthday wishes go out this week to one Bobby O?Malley from Cearnog Brugha who turns half a century today, Wednesday, January 30th.

The picture of Bobby featured on this page was taken of him in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital many moons ago.

The story has it that Bobby broke one leg and the second on the way to the hospital and if that wasn?t mad enough his mother was in hospital having his sister Mags at the time!

Anyway here?s wishing you an accident free 50th!

Our compact and flat town?

The Droghedean was delighted to see the recently published Drogheda Green Guide but couldn?t help noticing one glaring inaccuracy in the piece.

While the guide is published by Gluaiseacht for Global Justice with support from Louth County Council Environmental Partnership Fund, it seems the authors didn?t spend too much time walking or cycling around before writing the content.

It notes that Drogheda ?is compact and flat making it ideal for walking and cycling?!

Obviously they missed Constitution Hill, Curry?s Hill and Ballsgrove Hill to name just a few of the steep and definitely not flat roads in the town!