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Bonfire Night

Sofa Burning
Bonfire night.. adding fuel to the fire
Fire Brigade arrive

It was Bonfire Night in Cork yesterday. It’s celebrated on St. John’s Eve and there have been bonfires lit in Cork for as long as I remember. Not all parts of the country celebrate the night, and I heard on the radio 2 days ago that there may be a by-law passed in Cork banning the lighting of bonfires that night because of the danger to people, property and the fire services.
Unfortunately each year the fire services are attacked with rocks and other weapons when they go to certain areas of the city.

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By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

10 replies on “Bonfire Night”

A powerful series – although, if it’s intended to be a series, I’m not clear how the trolley bus fits in. And I can’t say I’m entirely surprised that the powers that be are considering banning these fires; they’re BIG.

Thanks guys! Trolley bus? Do you mean the fire engine pictured in the last photo? That went past us at speed up to where the fire was. I presumed they made an effort to extinguish it but I could still see a large glow 10 minutes later!

I’ve seen the piles of wood hanging around Belfast getting ready for the 12th. Last year all the crates fell onto the road, I remember seeing it the next day. It’s a crazy couple of days. Awful that the firebrigade get attacked. Really nice documentary shots Donncha.

I would limit the bonfires to particular sights only. A concrete base and somewhere to store the wast material I would ban completely the use of pallets and tyres. all sights to have planning permission

I think Bona night is great, I’m 42 and still bring my kids out to them. its a great Cork tradition and people should leave it alone. I loved it as a kid and my kids love it now and hopefully my grandchildren and greatgrandchildren will love it to. There are too many people out there to throw spanners in the works. Fair enough some do get out of hand but that happens after the families go home.

I love bonfire night too. We went down to Mahon to the organised one and my kids were bored with it so we went back to an old haunt and had a great time. What facinates me is the amount of cars and trucks that will pull up and burn their household rubbish on the fires. There were 6 bonfires in all in the area but there didn’t seem to be any trouble anywhere. Most people were just sitting or standing around chatting some had their own chairs and it was like olden times. Even if there is a ban on them I still think people will light fires on the 23rd June.

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