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The O’Connell Monument

The O Connell Monument

The O’Connell Monument in Ennis town is an impressive monument to Daniel O’Connell, a legend in Irish history.

THE O’CONNELL MONUMENT: This is an impressive Doric column erected on the site of the old courthouse where Daniel O’Connell was declared M.P. for Clare in 1828, an historic event which was later to result in the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act. The statue of the Liberator with a shamrock scroll around the base was executed by James Cahill of Dublin and is considered to be his finest work. (source)

The O’Connell Monument. A lofty pillar with statue of “The Liberator” with inscription “On this spot in the year 1828, Dan’l O’Connell was returned M.P. for Clare. Proposed by O’Gorman Mahon. Seconded by Tom Steele”. “Maid of Erin” – or Allen, Larkin, and O’Brien Monument. Inscription “Sacred to the memory of Allen, Larkin and O’Brien who suffered death in Manchester through love of their country. Their last prayer being God save Ireland”. (source)

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

Polaroid

polaroid

A camera shop on the main street in Ennis, County Clare proudly boasts it sell Polaroid products. I wanted to go in but the time just wasn’t right. Love all the red in this image.

This is about as close as you’ll see me get to film on this blog! 🙂

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

Blue Doors

Blue Doors

Old blue doors near the Lough in Cork City. Shot on our photowalk there last year.

There are still places left in the World Wide Photowalk here in Cork. If you’re around on July 18th, sign up and join us!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/40s

Highrise Property

Irish highrise property

The Elysian, as seen from Merchant’s Quay carpark on a bright day in May. You can also see numerous other buildings and get a feel for how the 17 storeys of this tall building looms over the rest of the city. Must be a great view from up there!

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 59mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Deep Blue Sky

Deep Blue Sky

The blue sky over Kilkee Beach in County Clare. What a beautiful day that was!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

Gate in Silhouette

Gate in Silhouette

The top of a gate silhouetted by a bright sun thankfully hidden by a passing cloud.

Shot in Kinsale last Summer.

Aperture ƒ/14
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/640s

Down, down, down the stairs

Down, down, down the stairs

Looking down the stairs in the public car park in Ennis, County Clare a few weeks ago. That was one hell of a tight car park to navigate. There was hardly any room to make corners or go up and down ramps.

Elevator only goes to the top two floors too and a sign on the ground floor warns parents or people with buggies and kids to park up there.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/20s

Cooper Cobra

Cooper Cobra

Cooper Cobra, the wheels on the Mustang I posted previously.

Shot at Charles fort, Kinsale in County Cork.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

The rubbish tip that is Myrtleville Beach

Rubbish Tip on the Beach

No, this isn’t the landfill site near the Kinsale Road, Cork. It’s the beautiful beach at Myrtleville in County Cork last Tuesday. Disgusting isn’t it? My wife met a friend there who said that last year 3 people would clean the beach each day but this year, because of cuts, only one person was available. Apparently that morning he had filled up three sacks after the crowds the day before.

What you don’t see here is the used nappy on the road above, the half full carton of rotting salad, the plastic bags and other rubbish. You can’t smell the acrid burning rubbish in an overflowing bin near the slip way. You also missed the Gardai who took away two inebriated underage girls who had been singing and staggering across the beach or the man who was manhandled to the ground outside the gate to Bunny Connellans and probably arrested by the Gardai who ran passed me. A typical day at the beach?

What the hell? What’s up with people? Are they that ignorant of their environment? I remember watching that episode of Mad Men where the Draper family have a picnic in a picturesque green park. Their shiny new car is behind them. Everything is spotless and neat. Then when they get up to leave, the kids are tidied but afterwards the parents toss their rubbish on the pristine lawn. I wasn’t the only one to notice. Great comments on that blog post.

Shame we haven’t moved on since the 60’s.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 179mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/250s