New Age Folk in Bishop Lucey Park

New Age Folk in Bishop Lucey Park

The hippies were out in force in Bishop Lucey Park on Saturday as the new age folk made their presence felt at a “Peace in the Park” mini festival. I have to admit to being just a little cynical at events like these. Thankfully tarot readers or aura photographers were nowhere to be seen, although some guy was pontificating about what the “ordinary person didn’t know”, etc etc, and there was a Shell to Sea stall manned by a lonely girl clutching her baby. Even Frank was there and just as surprised as us by it. It wasn’t publicized at all.

Just behind the Onion Seller was a wigwam with people beating drums inside, and up at the other end near the fountain a stage was set up and music could be heard all over the park.

A comment on the Onion Seller post above makes the point that Bishop Lucey Park is not actually the same park as The Peace Park. I knew this park had been named after Bishop Lucey, but thought it was given the name, “Peace Park” as a nickname. This article clears things up. The Peace Park is on the Grand Parade, I presume down by the National Monument although there’s hardly any grass left there, if at all?

Ah, my wife Jacinta has the answer. It’s that patch of grass between South Mall and Grand Parade where there’s a monument to fallen soldiers (I think). It’s currently a building site which is why I had forgotten it.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/100s

Naomh Ciaran II

Naomh Ciaran II

Naomh Ciaran II, the Cape Clear Ferry for many a year is still going strong. Here she is tied up at the pier in Baltimore, Co Cork, Ireland. The last time I boarded her (probably 15 years ago) and travelled to Oilean Cleire she was painted green and white, but it seems she has had an eventful history since then.

Traditionally, for many years up to 2001, the provision of a ferry service to Cape Clear Island was handled directly by the State. The State (The Department of the Gaeltacht) owned the vessels that were in use – Oileán na nÉan and the Naomh Ciarán II. The service was managed by a committee that comprised representatives of Cape Clear Island and the Department of the Gaeltacht.
In 2001, a decision was made to transfer the service to a private company – Naomh Ciarán II Oileán Chléire Teo – that had been established by the skipper of the service. A contract was agreed with this company and, as part of that contract, it was agreed that the State (The Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands) would lease the vessel, the Naomh Ciarán II, to the company and pay an annual subsidy of €104,126 for a period of 5 years, from June 2001 to June 2006.
As part of that arrangement, and under the terms of the contract agreed, the State made redundancy payments of €190,691 to the four crew members who were employed by the company before the transfer.
Unfortunately, the new company’s principal, who was skipper of the ferry service, died suddenly during the term of the contract. Comharchumann Chlére bought the company and continued to run the ferry service under the contract that was in effect

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

McCarthy’s Bar

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 of this bar in Castletownbere, and the photo of it on the front of book. I wonder if they had someone modify the image?

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

The light fantasic loo

The light fantasic loo

The toilets in the Cork International Airport Hotel are a pretty amazing sight to behold. Here’s the gent’s loo. The lighting changes constantly. I took a few shots within seconds of each other and they were all different. Luckily it wasn’t in use when I wandered in ..

This is the first shot I’ve posted from the Canon 40D. Unfortunately it’s quite noisy as it was shot hand held at ISO 1000, but the noise really only became noticeable after I applied the Lomo plugin to it. Love this camera. This photo and others taken at the hotel are also in this post. I used my 580EX flash for most of the people shots, but one or two were in available light with the ISO pumped up.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 1000
Shutter speed 1/15s