Down, down, down the stairs

Looking down the stairs in the public car park in Ennis, County Clare a few weeks ago. That was one hell of a tight car park to navigate. There was hardly any room to make corners or go up and down ramps. Elevator only goes to the top two floors too and a sign on the ground floor warns parents or people with buggies and kids to park up there. Aperture ƒ/4 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 10mm ISO 400 Shutter speed 1/20s

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The rubbish tip that is Myrtleville Beach

No, this isn’t the landfill site near the Kinsale Road, Cork. It’s the beautiful beach at Myrtleville in County Cork last Tuesday. Disgusting isn’t it? My wife met a friend there who said that last year 3 people would clean the beach each day but this year, because of cuts, only one person was available. Apparently that morning he had filled up three sacks after the crowds the day before. What you don’t see here is the used nappy on the road above, the half full carton of rotting salad, the plastic bags and other rubbish. You can’t smell the acrid burning rubbish in an overflowing bin near the slip… Read More

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Cock a doodle do!

A cock in Bunratty Folk Village struts around protecting his patch of ground from a nosy photographer. Don’t think I’ve ever heard the nursery rhyme of the same phrase. Cock a doodle do! My dame has lost her shoe, My master’s lost his fiddlestick, And knows not what to do. Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 20mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/100s

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End of the Celtic Tiger

Construction. Ireland is too dependent on it but that’s old news now, but unspeakable just a year (or two) ago. Anyway, it’s the end of the boom, construction work has flatlined. The End is Nigh (and booted out the backdoor while we weren’t looking). Shot in Youghal a few months back. Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 18mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/100s

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Where you’ll find Fianna Fail

In years to come they’ll talk about the Fianna Fail posters of 2009. This was the year when many party members chose to hide the name “Fianna Fail” on their posters. You’d have to go right up to them to see that damned name. One suspects they’re probably embarrassed by their association with Fianna Fail, a name synonymous with dig outs for the pals, corruption and hospitality tents for builders. Not the general public’s favourite political force right now. The Local and European Elections are in a week’s time. I don’t know who I’ll be voting for but it won’t be Brian Crowley. He’ll be returned anyway as he’s very… Read More

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Thatched Roof in Bunratty

A thatched roof on one of the cottages in Bunratty Folk Park, County Clare. There’s one ugly open mine right next door but it’s well hidden. I had no idea it was there until I checked Google Maps a minute ago! Aperture ƒ/4 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 10mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/250s

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