Towering over the Little People

towering over the little people

Wherever you look on the north side of Cork City you’re bound to see a massive tower bristling with antennas. It’s an Eircom building AFAIK but I’ve never stopped outside it to look so it could be the secret offices of PROC for all I know! :)

Shot from Shandon Bells last Saturday.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 125mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

Mini & the pussy

mini pussy

An (ancient?) Mini, one of the older British design, not the new fangled BMW ones that are as big as a Yaris, and of course a pussy cat watching me carefully.

This was shot near Shandon Bells after we braved the heights of the tower to shoot the City of Cork. Now take your minds out of the gutter. :)

I really must upload some of that day’s shoots to Pixie!

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/200s

Piper’s Funfair Crosshaven

Piper's Funfair Crosshaven

A bright and colourful poster advertises Piper’s Funfair in Crosshaven!

In other news, this blog is a finalist in the Irish Blog Awards on Saturday next in the Cork International Airport Hotel. Here are all the finalists. I’m honoured to make it this far as some amazing photoblogs were nominated.

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PS. Red Mum is organising a photowalk in Cork to coincide with the Blog Awards. Kick off is at noon in the city somewhere. No venue decided yet but perhaps we should meet in a pub? The Old Oak anyone?

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 59mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/200s

Jack Bergin, Crosshaven Hero

Jack Bergin, Crosshaven Hero

We spent a pleasant afternoon in Crosshaven today. It was mild enough to actually enjoy a walk up towards the fort on the hill. As I walked past the merries I spotted this plaque. It must have been hidden every other time as I don’t remember it ever being there. The inscription reads:

Mr Jack Bergin of Pipers Amusements
Who painted and kept this place clean
for 50 years
Crosshaven Tourism Tidy Towns Aug 1988

I guess he retired 21 years ago. I went searching and unfortunately he passed away in the year 2000.

I was sorry to hear that Jack Bergin had died this week. Another link with Pipers in Douglas and Crosshaven is gone. Everybody who ever went on the swinging boats in the “Merries” will remember Jack, with his powerful shoulders he brought the boats to a gentle stop. The brake was a long piece of timber, which he raised under the boat, thereby stopping its movement. I’m told many years ago, perhaps 75 or so, a young boy walked into Pipers in Croshaven looking for work, and for the rest of his working life he became a part of the Piper family. Every springtime he would paint the wall at the entrance and tend the flowers there. Years ago a plaque was erected at the wall in honour of his dedication to the upkeep of the site. My wife summed up Jack Bergin when she heard he had died “he was a gentle man on the boats slowing it down very gently, and putting his hand out to help women and children out of the swing boats”. What more can I say except “Thanks for the rides and the happy memories Jack” Rest in peace.

Heroes are made of people who do the small things in life.

On a completely unrelated topic, congrats to the Blarney hurling team who beat Galway team Cappataggle today in Croke Park!

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/125s

Wild Woodbine

wild woodbine

Wild Woodbine, an advert in Cronins Pub, sits under the counter. The pub is full of memorabilia which adds atmosphere but I suppose they were probably bought in a dusty warehouse full of such things for the tourists.

Very nice pub though.

Aperture ƒ/14
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 30s