Are you off to Dingle then?

One of the more hair-brained ideas of Eamon O Cuiv, the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs was to proclaim that the official names of all towns in Gaeltacht areas would be the Irish names.
I’m all for efforts to make Irish more appealing and stronger but what was he smoking when he came up with this? All the road signs to towns and villages in Gaeltacht areas now only show the Irish names. Even Irish visitors who frequent the areas have trouble matching road signs to their maps. Who knew that Ballydavid was Baile na nGall for instance?

The good people of Dingle took matters into their own hands by stencilling the English name of their town under "An Daingean" on most road signs, restoring them to their original state. I only saw a couple of signs that hadn’t been modified and those were well out of reach.

I wonder will Minister O Cuiv change his name to O Caoimh as a show of solidarity with the people of Kerry?

(No, he’s not a relation, despite the fact that our surnames sound the same!)

Cork Film Festival

Cork Film Festival starts on the 14th of October this year and will run until the 21st.

They’ve obviously spent quite a bit on advertising as these banners are visible all the way up Patrick Street.

Still, I’ve never been to a film during the festival. Others take time off work and sit in darkened theatres for the duration of the festival soaking up the celluloid culture.

Energy is trouble and useful

An ESB van passes a pole with a Rossport Shell-to-sea campaign flyer on it.

Shell want to bring oil to land at Rossport in Co. Mayo, and the ESB are massive consumers of oil, gas and coal in their electricity generation business.

San Francisco Streets

A cyclist races across across an almost empty junction in San Francisco.

I just love the sign on top of the building. Totally out of place amid the beautiful architecture and detail of it’s resting place.

Passenger Zone

No parking between signs .. hotel guests with big bags approaching. Handle with care!

Shot outside the hotel the out-of-towners in Automattic stayed in while in San Francisco!

Don’t forget the exhibit in Mallow I mentioned in my gallery update starts tonight. I gave it a plug on ocaoimh.ie too so hopefully we’ll see a healthy number of visitors.

Bull’s Tavern

The logo on his shirt, "Bull’s Tavern" caught my eye as we waited on the sidewalk for the lights to change.

This is near Union Square in San Francisco. Check out the Macy’s sign! Shopping heaven for those so addicted.

Expired Meter

An expired meter I spotted while we waited for a table to become free in a restaurant in San Francisco a few blocks from Union Square.

Photo has been "cross processed" using the Curves tool. I created an S curve on the red and green channels, and then applied a lomo plugin for good effect!

Around this way, not that way

Drivers can be so confused by road signs. Drive this way, drive that way. Those roundy signs with the big numbers surrounded by a red border must be the worst offenders, I mean, hardly anyone obeys them. What were they thinking when they put them up can anyone tell me?

Head on over to shitedrivers.com if you want to rant. You’ll be very welcome there!

Oh, this was taken in Wilton, Cork. Anyone from the city will recognise this I’m sure!