Black and White, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Photography, Photos, Urban

Ground Level by Bishop Lucey Park

Ground Level by Bishop Lucey Park

The Grand Parade in Cork was quite different 11 years ago. Outside Bishop Lucey Park was an uneven path, the centre of the street was a narrow section between two busy strips of tarmac. And of course the Capitol Cinema was still open. I’m glad the monstrosity pictured here was never built there, even if the site is still dormant. More info on the history of that site available here.

This shot was taken within minutes of this Grand Parade shot I posted last month.

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The Grand Parade in 2003

The Grand Parade in 2003

I’ve recently taken a keener interest in older photos of Cork but the realisation that I have photos in my own archive that are “sort-of old” has dawned slowly on me.

Here’s a shot of The Grand Parade in Cork shot in 2003. The street looks completely different now of course. The street isn’t split in two, there aren’t cars parked in the middle of the street like that any more, and there’s a huge pedestrian area where that bus stop used to be. The bus stop is in fact about 10m or more over to the left.

In the foreground is the cannon I have posted here a few times. You can see in that picture some of the changes that make the modern street a more friendly place to pedestrians.

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The Grand Parade Cannon

The Grand Parade Cannon

This unusual lump of metal sticking out of the pavement on the Grand Parade could be the oldest street furniture in the city. I had forgotten I had posted this photo way back in 2007 but I prefer this version of the photo as it has more detail.

What do you think? Which photo is better, colour or black and white?

I think it’s fascinating that a cannon is embedded in the ground there but when I last posted about it I wasn’t sure if it was one. Take a look at this page where there’s a picture of the cannon with the surrounding earth dug up.

The cannon’s trunnion, consisting of two cylinders of solid metal projecting from each side and designed to support the gun in place on a gun carriage, is immediately below the present ground level

There’s also this page where there’s an interesting description of what the street was like hundreds of years ago. It’s hard to believe there was a bridge across a water channel that was the Grand Parade from Tuckey Street to Oliver Plunkett Street!

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This will change everything

This will change everything

“This will change everything he thought”. Err, no. It won’t.

Billboards like this sprang up near the Elysian in Cork in 2007 and later as construction of that building continued. Well. It didn’t change anything except that the country went into recession and the building is mostly empty even now.

Some nice photos here from when they had an open day in late 2008.

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The Bandon Road Roundabout, pre-flyover

The Bandon Road Roundabout

The flyover over the Bandon Road Roundabout in Bishopstown is completed (or so I’ve read, I haven’t driven over it yet) but here’s what it looked like 2006, well before any work was done. The pedestrian walkway I took this from is long gone and the area itself looks a lot different now!

Now, all we need is a north-south road with a 100kph speed limit and we’re all sorted.

Further info on boards.ie and Evening Echo and here too.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013
A NEW era of motoring in Cork dawned today as the city’s new 60 million twin flyovers opened to traffic on the South Ring Road.
Traffic travelling both east and west on the N25 were directed on to the new flyovers at the Sarsfield Road and Bandon Road roundabouts from 6am this morning.
Up to 60,000 vehicles every day will now be taken off the two roundabouts, vastly reducing traffic congestion in the Bishopstown and Wilton areas.
Travel times are also expected to be cut by up to 30 minutes at peak traffic periods with the opening of the flyovers which took two years to complete.

Aperture ƒ/22
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/20s
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Alex, Cork Tugboat

Alex, Cork Tugboat

ALEX is the name of a tugboat that operates in Cork Harbour. This photo was actually taken back in 2006 but I found a more recent shot of it as well as a mention on the Port of Cork website.

ALEX

  • On charter to Whitegate Refinery
  • Bollard pull: 49 ton
  • Azimuth stern drive
  • Fi-Fi
  • Notice: normal 1 hr, emergency 30min approx
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Boats in Cobh

Boats in Cobh

Some of the boats that have taken up semi-permanent residence in Cobh pictured in 2006. I think some of those boats are still there!

That was a beautiful but cold January evening.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Red Heart

Red Heart

A model walks down a catwalk in Union Square, San Francisco, July 27th 2007.

I was in the city with Automattic and we stayed in a nearby hotel so Union Square was a good spot to get photos. Can’t remember what occasion this fashion show was on for. I think it may have been some fashion school or something!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 162mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Mountain Rescue Dog

Mountain Rescue Dog

In January 2007 supporters of a mountain rescue group in Cork were collecting on Patrick’s Street. This is just one of the fabulous dogs they had with them at various locations!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/125s
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The Construction of The Grand Parade Cork

Grand Parade Under Construction

Six years ago the Grand Parade in Cork was a major building site. I can’t remember how long construction lasted but it went on for quite some time as they tore up and changed the road layout, widened the pavements and generally made the street look a hundred times better than it was before!

I’ve also posted photos of the construction before, with some of these photos appearing in older posts:

Seven years. That’s a long time to be running a blog and still updating it. I’ve been running Holy Shmoly! even longer but this blog is full of the photographic memories of a city and life over that period.
Most of the time taking photographs is a trade off between being there and looking through a lens. If you’re a photographer you’ll know the feeling. You may have attended a significant event but all you’ll remember was the pain of shooting at high ISO in bad light. When I can dig up old photos for a post like this it makes me glad I took my camera that day into town and snapped a few photos!

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 20mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/160s
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