Samskip Pioneer

Samskip Pioneer

Samskip Pioneer, a container ship, docked in Cork last weekend. We were down by the Marina in Blackrock on a blistering hot Saturday. While us Irish sat in the shade, Spanish students sat out in the 3pm sun, some wearing long sleeve tshirts! I know, I know, they’re used to the heat but the mind still boggles. I’m useless if the temperature goes above 25C.

Anyway, I went searching and found where you can track the radio transmissions from shipping and found this map showing the location of Samskip Pioneer last Saturday. Login as “V2BT5″, the callsign of the ship. Yes, it’s in Cork Harbour!
The lines might be wrong but then they’re as the crow flies and a big ship doesn’t fly.

What do you think of the border? I adjusted the image in Bibblepro using it’s lens guide which created the border. Normally I’d resize it out but this time I liked the effect.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 33mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

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.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
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)

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