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This will change everything

This will change everything

“This will change everything he thought”. Err, no. It won’t. Billboards like this sprang up near the Elysian in Cork in 2007 and later as construction of that building continued. Well. It didn’t change anything except that the country went into recession and the building is mostly empty even now. Some nice photos here from […]

Shandon Bells from Afar

Shandon Bells from Afar

The steeple of St. Anne’s Church towers over the surrounding streets as seen from Coburg Street, Cork last night. I laboured over this photo. I could not get the shade and colour of the houses in the middle-background right for quite a while. Sometimes it was too bright, or too blue, or too dark, or […]

The Bishopstown Roundabout

The Bandon Road Roundabout, pre-flyover

The flyover over the Bandon Road Roundabout in Bishopstown is completed (or so I’ve read, I haven’t driven over it yet) but here’s what it looked like 2006, well before any work was done. The pedestrian walkway I took this from is long gone and the area itself looks a lot different now! Now, all […]

St Patrick's Bridge

St Patrick’s Bridge

St Patrick’s Bridge in Cork spans the River Lee at the top of St Patrick’s Street and leads on to Bridge Street on the northern bank of the river. Here it is on a particularly cloudy day a few days ago! More information on the bridge can be found here.

Sailing past the Baltimore Beacon

Sailing past the Baltimore Beacon

On our way back to Baltimore after a nice visit to Cape Clear Island the ferry passed by the Baltimnore Beacon. I heard that the Beacon had been built by the father of a man who perished on the cliffs where it’s built but it’s origin is rather more mundane. The British Government ordered it […]

World War 1 Lee Enfield

World War One Lee Enfield Rifle

The remains of a World War One Lee Enfield rifle found somewhere in France or Belgium. It’s heavily corroded and the wood used in it’s construction is almost completely gone. I dread to think what action it saw or what happened to it’s owner. This was on display at the military show in Cork City […]

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Early Morning in Blarney

Early morning in Blarney, Co Cork. Including a tent erected in the green area in the middle of the village. Nobody tell Charles!

Alex, Cork Tugboat

Alex, Cork Tugboat

ALEX is the name of a tugboat that operates in Cork Harbour. This photo was actually taken back in 2006 but I found a more recent shot of it as well as a mention on the Port of Cork website. ALEX On charter to Whitegate Refinery Bollard pull: 49 ton Azimuth stern drive Fi-Fi Notice: […]

Blarney Post Office

Blarney Post Office

Blarney Post Office through the windscreen of my car. More rain.

Raindrops keep falling

Raindrops keep falling

Rain falls on one of the tables in the grounds of The Anglers Rest, Co Cork. After the roasting sun of a week or so ago the country has been deluged with sudden and heavy showers, thunder and lightning and in some areas flooding. A few weeks ago we couldn’t go out because it was […]

Martin O'Brien of The Old Grainstore

Martin O’Brien of The Old Grainstore

Martin O’Brien who runs The Old Grainstore at St. Mullin’s, Co Carlow posed for a photo after we chatted with him outside his café. It was a glorious day and the place was busy with people eating lunch, swimming and walking about. It’s a beautiful location I want to return to again.

Public Display of Affection

Public Display of Affection

St Patrick’s Street, Cork during the Street Performance World Championships yesterday. Does anyone know who this performer is? I can’t really comment on any of the performers unfortunately as I was only there for an hour with a bored six year old who had a fixation on buying an Angry Birds hat and balloon animals. […]

Crosshaven Evening

Crosshaven Evening

Yesterday evening in Crosshaven, Co Cork. It was a beautiful end of the day. Not quite as hot as other days which I was thankful for but many people out and a good atmosphere in the town. Edit: here’s the original photo!

Buena Vista Social Club Trio

Buena Vista Social Club Trio

From left to right: Barbarito Torres, Omara Portuondo and Papi Oviedo. On Monday night I went to see Buena Vista Social Club in Cork Opera House with my wife Jacinta. We had a blast there and the crowd loved them, even if they did drag out the musician solos a bit too much. There’s only […]

Shaky Bridge on the Lee

Shaky Bridge on the Lee

The Shaky Bridge, Or Daly’s Bridge, spans the River Lee near Fitzgerald Park in Cork City.