Blarney Castle in the Snow

Blarney Castle in the Snow

Snow fell last night in Ireland and everything came to a halt as people all over the country gasped in wonder at the strange white stuff on the ground. Thankfully it looks like it won’t last. We’re not equipped to deal with this sort of weather at all!

Blarney Castle opened later than usual but the paths were all cleared so of course I had to go tramping away in the snow covered grass..

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/50s

St. Peter’s Church, Bandon

St. Peter's Church

This is a Church of Ireland church in Bandon, Co Cork that’s off the usual route for commuters passing through the town. I’ve only ever been up that direction once or twice despite having passed through the town hundreds of times!

It’s a beautiful looking building but I’ve never been inside and there are few photos of it online from what I could see after a quick search.

Demolition of the Miag Grain Silo

Demolition of the Miag Grain Silo

Someone posted a grainy mobile phone picture of demolition work going on in the Docklands, Cork on Facebook a few days ago so I had to go down and record the event for myself.

The building being demolished is the second part of the Miag/Art Deco Silos as seen in this post.

Deco Silos
Construction on the earliest elements of the Art Deco silo complex (24), which is located further east along the South Jetties, took place circa 1935-1938. Elements of architectural interest included the staircase and fenestration of the earlier silo and the concrete screen walls to the north and south with glass block vertical glazing of the later building, which was constructed between 1947-1953. The ‘Miag’ silo was damaged by a fire in September 2006 and demolished in summer 2008 following the submission of a report on its structural safety to the City Council. Elements of the structure were salvaged for possible re-use.

I shot photos of the smoke escaping from the burning building in 2006 and Google Plus has made them into an animated GIF I shared here.

There used to be raised corridors leading from the building to the Odlums building next door, and the long raised corridor running parallel with the river but they’ve been removed already. Part of one can be see in the grounds near the building. While I was down there I approached an elderly man sitting in his car watching the activity. He lives close by and told me that as a young lad he had climbed the outside ladder to the top of the building!

There are extensive plans for the docklands and Marina area. Check this PDF for more.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s