Polish Coal

Polish Coal

The coal industry here in Ireland has gone through a huge decline in the last 2 decade. In major urban areas only smokeless coal is allowed and even then many people have gas or oil central heating. The days of frequent smog warnings are a thing of the past thankfully.

Here in Blarney some will burn any old thing in their fireplaces. On cold still winter evenings the smell of smoke pervades the area and the only thing we can do is close our windows to keep it out. That’s one of the downsides of living outside the city.

Years ago Monahan Road was the center of coal distribution in Cork. Suttons and Sheehan & Sullivan’s were two of the major players. Suttons even occupied that big office block at the end of the Grand Parade. My Dad worked in that office for years and he took us in there a few times. Still remember those occasions!

I also remember the bags of Polish Coal out in the back of the house. It was described as “the best coal”, though I can’t say for sure why.

Sheehan & Sullivan’s is gone now. Last time I drove past there was an office block on the site I think. Suttons is still around but owned by Bord na Mona now, last I heard. They left the offices in South Mall a long time ago.

Funny the memories a bag of coal can drag up.

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Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

The O’Connell Monument

The O Connell Monument

The O’Connell Monument in Ennis town is an impressive monument to Daniel O’Connell, a legend in Irish history.

THE O’CONNELL MONUMENT: This is an impressive Doric column erected on the site of the old courthouse where Daniel O’Connell was declared M.P. for Clare in 1828, an historic event which was later to result in the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act. The statue of the Liberator with a shamrock scroll around the base was executed by James Cahill of Dublin and is considered to be his finest work. (source)

The O’Connell Monument. A lofty pillar with statue of “The Liberator” with inscription “On this spot in the year 1828, Dan’l O’Connell was returned M.P. for Clare. Proposed by O’Gorman Mahon. Seconded by Tom Steele”. “Maid of Erin” – or Allen, Larkin, and O’Brien Monument. Inscription “Sacred to the memory of Allen, Larkin and O’Brien who suffered death in Manchester through love of their country. Their last prayer being God save Ireland”. (source)

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Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

Polaroid

polaroid

A camera shop on the main street in Ennis, County Clare proudly boasts it sell Polaroid products. I wanted to go in but the time just wasn’t right. Love all the red in this image.

This is about as close as you’ll see me get to film on this blog! :)

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

Blue Doors

Blue Doors

Old blue doors near the Lough in Cork City. Shot on our photowalk there last year.

There are still places left in the World Wide Photowalk here in Cork. If you’re around on July 18th, sign up and join us!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/40s

Market Avenue

Market Avenue

Market Avenue in the centre of Cork City is a tiny little street behind An Brog pub. You know, just outside the fish section of the English Market.

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Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/60s

Dunnes Stores in Ruins

Dunnes Stores in Ruins

The skeleton of the Dunnes Stores building on Patrick’s Street lies in ruins as building work continued to refurbish it.

Taken in September 2007, Brian took a shot of the building a few days ago in much better state!

Places are still available for the Cork City Photowalk on July 18th! Please leave comments on yesterday’s photowalk post if you have any questions!

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Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/800s

Cab 3181

cab 3181

San Francisco will be the gathering place for a large number of WordPress fans at the end of the month as they go to the 2009 San Francisco WordCamp. I won’t be there unfortunately but places are already in short supply, if not all sold out at this stage. It’s going to be a blast!

Here’s a shot I took in 2007 from outside our hotel near Union Square. Love the reflection of the building in the bonnet of the car and glad I got those tourists too!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s