Gardner House

Gardner House

As I mentioned already in my Polish Coal post, my dad worked in Suttons Coals for years. Gardner House on the South Mall in Cork used to be called Suttons House but then coal’s fortunes changed.

Oil and gas became more popular. Legislation banned any coal other than smokeless coal from urban areas and the coal industry in Ireland went into decline.

Anyway, South Mall is the “financial district” in Cork City. There are some beautiful buildings but also some damn ugly ones like Gardner House and the white building across from it.

The photowalk on Saturday is almost full! Will is going to be there too and has blogged all the photowalks countrywide. It’s going to be busy!

On the off chance it’s going to rain make sure to bring an umbrella, or at least a rain coat and if you can, a plastic bag to cover your camera. We can head into the English Market of course but there will be wanderings around the city too!

I must ring the Old Oak tomorrow and ask if they’re serving food around 4pm, failing that perhaps a restaurant. Any other suggestions?

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 6s

O’Briens Sandwich Bar

O'Briens Sandwich Bar

“O’Briens’ HQ placed in examinership” according to this news report yesterday. This is their fairly recently opened (and more recently closed) “sandwich bar” on Oliver Plunkett Street here in Cork.

Loved their Triple Decker, even if it was a little pricey. Hope the company survives.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/1600s

Big Wheel in the Showgrounds

Big Wheel in the Showgrounds

The big wheel, as seen from The Atlantic Pond outside Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork.

Sort of fitting that I post a photo of a fairground ride on the day that Michael Jackson is laid to rest.

BTW – there are still places on the Cork photowalk on the 18th. It’s less than 2 weeks now! Anyone have any suggestions about where to go afterwards? Old Oak perhaps? Would they be serving any sort of food around 4pm? It’ll be hard to find a restaurant that could fit up to 50 of us and we’d be stuck sitting down at a table, not mingling and chatting.
I know, we pop into Burger King first eh? :)

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/320s

R&H Hall

R&H Hall

The huge bulk of R&H Hall can be seen for miles around, as telecoms companies noticed too when they planted their dishes and aerials on top of the building. It’s a prominent building in Cork Docklands, and surprisingly, I’ve only posted photos of it once before, when it was on fire 3 years ago.

I *have* to head down to the Docklands at some stage and photograph it again, apparently there are plans to redevelop it although I’m sure they’re up in the air given “the current financial climate” as they say.

Shot from in front of the Clarian with a nice long zoom.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 125mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

Waterford Glass

Waterford Glass

It’s funny the things that catch your eye. On a corner on Patrick’s Street there are these 3 signs: “Seiko”, “Waterford Glass” and “HMV”.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Haircut, pint and hangover pills

Haircut, Pint and hangover pills

So, start off in the College of Hairdressing to tighten up that stylish hair of yours, then off to the “Hi B” for a pint (but turn your mobile phone off!) and then downstairs to Minihan’s Pharmacy for the Alkazelser.

Actually, I don’t like the Hi B. Any pub owner who verbally attacks his customers is a pub I don’t want to frequent. Lovely people in the pharmacy though.

The Big Slide

The Big Slide

In Fitzgerald’s Park a week ago the Street Performance World Championship 2009 brought the crowds to the park. This multi story slide was one of the main attractions. Huge long queue for it though.

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s