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 built in the mid 1900’s. However I did know it was known as “Lott’s Wife” or the “Pillar of Salt” locally.

More on Wikipedia here and here. Casey’s also have an informative page.

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: normal 1 hr, emergency 30min approx

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. There were huge crowds too which meant kids had to at the performance before it started to get a place in front.

I’m glad I caught this moment.

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 so many minutes you can hear the same set of notes repeating before it gets monotonous.

Regardless, there were lots of fans in the audience. The band barely spoke a word of English throughout which certainly helped the atmosphere. I unfortunately have barely a word of Spanish so I would look blankly at my wife!

When Omara Portuondo came on stage the audience erupted. Even at the age of 82 she moved about the stage and sang many songs, extolling the audience to stand up from their seats. Soon everyone was dancing or at the very least rocking from foot to foot in the stalls!

More to come..