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The road beyond Fountainstown

The road beyond Fountainstown Have you ever gone beyond the beach at Fountainstown in Co. Cork? I’ve been visiting that beach all my life but I had never walked up the road until a week ago. I’m glad I did because it’s very nice up there, and coupled with a setting sun I went a […]

Is it Bank of Scotland(Ireland) or Halifax?

Is it Bank of Scotland(Ireland) or Halifax? Bank of Scotland(Ireland) are changing their unwieldy name to the much shorter “Halifax”. The bank is a major player in the UK market, but the name change could yet backfire because Halifax isn’t very well known in Ireland. I presume a slick marketing campaign will take care of […]

Points to relief

Points to relief A sign points the way to the public toilets, or restroom, at Inch Strand, Co. Kerry. This sign can be a much sought after sight on a long journey! “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” “Mom! I need to go!” “I can’t hold it any more!” Everyone rushes to the […]

The Fish Box

The Fish Box An abandoned fish box on Inch Strand, Co. Kerry. Clouds and a storm loom over the mountains across the bay but it was a bright blue sky that greeted us with only fluffy white clouds. I expect this box either fell overboard off a trawler or may have been used by a […]

The Sexy New County Hall

The Sexy New County Hall Grabs your attention doesn’t it? Exciting design isn’t it? Wonderful work of engineering eh? Well, ok, it’s only the Cork County Hall but it is the tallest storeyed building in the Republic of Ireland at 67m so that must count for something? No? The County Hall has been renovated over […]

Different lights

Different lights Traffic lights and street lighting vie for attention. This is across the road from where Bord Gais used to have their showroom. Bet you never realised the titanic struggle for recognition that was going on?

No climbing the poles

No climbing the poles A sign that points upwards? It either forbids drivers from driving down a road, discourages people from climbing up a light pole or local government don’t want people to look up. Your guess is as good as mine. I’m stumped!

Cappuccino Morning

Cappuccino Morning A beautiful misty morning greeted us a few days ago. The mist rolled down the valley outside and when the sun rose it produced these amazing shades of brown through the fog. Thanks Jacinta for the name, it fits! I added a tag cloud to the site this morning. It’s quite obvious from […]

R&H Hall Mill on fire

R&H Hall Mill on fire This morning, the disused R&H Hall mill on Kennedy Quay, Cork City was the scene of a major fire. Smoke was visible from all over the city, wind blew the smoke up towards Mayfield and traffic was very heavy all over, probably because drivers slowed down to watch the plume […]

Bay Bridge San Francisco

Bay Bridge San Francisco This is the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. It’s the view from Matt’s apartment building. He brought Andy and myself up there to enjoy the view, and probably in my case to keep me awake after the long flight!

O’Connell and Quane

O’Connell and Quane Daniel O’Connell and Michael Quane on the beach at Fountainstown. They’d been out on the kayaks for several hours but were kind enough to chat to us and allow me to take their photo. Michael Quane is a celebrated artist who has exhibited internationally and has many public works to his name […]

Sunrise over Blarney

Sunrise over Blarney This is the view that greeted me a few days ago from my office. I wouldn’t post it except that today is wet and gloomy and I want to remember what a nice sunrise looks like instead of the grey cloud I’m looking at now. The Midleton Food & Drink Festival is […]

This city’s a drag

This city’s a drag Two women, dragged along by a young girl so they won’t stop at the market on Cornmarket Street, Cork. I can just imagine the conversion: “But I want to go home noooowwwww.” “No, hold on, we went to all your shops, I want to look at more boots.” “Ummm, that stall […]

Courtmacsherry Dead End

Courtmacsherry Dead End The little town of Courtmacsherry in Co. Cork is a picturesque tourist village with pretty looking multi-coloured houses visible on the way into the town from Timoleague. This makes the attitude of the people we met there all the more confusing. We parked in the middle of the town, Jacinta wanted to […]

Wrigley Building Sky Bridge

Wrigley Building Sky Bridge This is the sky bridge between the two sections of the Wrigley Building in Chicago. We were walking through when I looked up and immediately noticed the leading lines of the buildings and the walkway. Way back in 2003 I photographed the Wrigley Building a few times and I’m pretty sure […]