Signs

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Shell To Sea

The “Shell to Sea” stand in Bishop Lucey Park during the “Peace in the Park” event a few weeks ago. Like a lot of people I’m sick and tired of the protests in Co Mayo against the pipeline Shell want to build to bring gas to an onshore facility. This story and photos of an […]

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Directions to Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is that way. Go out the gate, turn right, turn left and park. Right in front of you. I got back to Ireland yesterday afternoon. A mostly uneventful flight home, except for some problems with check in and I had to check in twice more. On the last attempt I got bumped to […]

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No visitors on the QE2

Crowds gathered to see the Queen Elizabeth 2 off from Cobh 2 weeks ago, but they weren’t getting on board unless they had a ticket! Aperture ƒ/9 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 18mm ISO 400 Shutter speed 1/200s

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Arson attack on Blarney Garda Station

On Friday morning around 5am the Gardai on duty at Blarney Garda Station were called away on what turned out to be a hoax. Unfortunately while they were out the Garda station was attacked, the front door kicked down and firebombs thrown into the rooms downstairs. The building itself is quite old and burned quickly. […]

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Queen Elizabeth 2

Luxury cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 tied up at the quayside in Cobh, Co Cork last Thursday. This was moments before she cast off. You can see a tug in the background of this image. It was bitterly cold down on the quay, but we were lucky that the evening sun cast a lovely golden […]

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Carvery Lunch

Carvery Lunch, the fast food of “proper food” IMO. Many will be going to pubs today for their Sunday lunch and it’ll be carvery on offer. Nothing wrong with it of course, but some people are snobs about eating out and want food delivered to their table. Considering the price of carvery food, I can […]

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General Michael Collins

Michael John (“Mick”) Collins (Irish: Mícheál Seán Ó Coileáin; 16 October 1890 – 22 August 1922) was an Irish revolutionary leader, Minister for Finance in the First Dáil of 1919, Director of Intelligence for the IRA, and member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. Subsequently he was both Chairman of the Provisional […]

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San Francisco 4884m

San Francisco is 4884nm (nautical miles?) from Cape Clear in Co Cork. Have you noticed the misspelling yet? I never did until a few minutes ago! Aperture ƒ/14 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 24mm ISO 400 Shutter speed 1/320s

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No Through Road

Construction work on the building site between Emmett Place and Patrick Street in Cork continues at a pace. Despite the slow down in the economy high rise cranes can still be seen on the city skyline and are more prominent than the recently opened Elysian. Aperture ƒ/4 Camera DMC-FZ5 Focal length 6mm ISO 80 Shutter […]

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Warning sign in the wilderness

Another shot of the Electric Wires warning sign I posted yesterday. This one gives you a flavour of the landscape in the area, and the desolate, remote location of the sign. Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 125mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/200s

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Electric Wires

If you’ve ever taken the Naomh Ciaran II to Cape Clear Island this sign will be familiar to you. WARNING ELECTRIC WIRES 60 FT (18 Mtrs) OVER HIGH WATER LEVEL PS. The cheezburger are the latest blog to use the Thieving Duck. Hope they link back to the original post. PPS. They did, saw a […]

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Eddie Rocket’s

Eddie Rocket’s in Blackpool, Cork. I haven’t eaten here. The last time I did was in Galway at a Linux thing, probably in the late 90′s when all I remember was that it was overpriced. Still the same? Aperture ƒ/9 Camera Canon EOS 20D Focal length 125mm ISO 400 Shutter speed 1/320s

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Sorry, No Vacancies

A small sign in the window of a small B&B in Kinsale a few weeks ago. Business must be good, despite the downturn. Aperture ƒ/7.1 Camera Canon EOS 20D Focal length 88mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/125s

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McCarthy’s Bar

Pete McCarthy wrote a great book called, McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland which I and my wife have both read through and enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately Pete died in 2004 after being diagnosed with cancer but this book and his second are well worth reading. I just noticed the discrepancy between the spelling […]

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No Alcohol

No drinking on the street. This reminds me of an incident several years ago when I was in town with a group of friends on a Saturday night. This was before I started drinking, and my friends bought cans of beer in an off-license. The guy behind the counter warned them the Guards were about […]