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.
A derelict house on the Lower Glanmire Road in Cork as it existed in 2004, almost ten years ago. Now there’s a bridge across the road nearby obscuring this view and the house is boarded up.
I walked around Blarney Castle this morning. It was around 2C and it felt it when I was in the shade but the rising sun was glorious and warmed the Castle in a lovely way.
It’s been many years since horses have drunk from this trough in Parnell Place, Cork but it’s great this old street furniture is still here. There’s a similar one on Alfred Street, in front of Mc Loughlin’s.
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This was the view from my hotel room at The Dream Inn, Santa Cruz last week. Seems like a million miles away now, but in fact it’s only about, oh, maybe six thousand miles.
Anyway, I was there with almost all of Automattic for our annual meetup. It’s a fabulous location, the early morning light is amazing and the people I was with were great.
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!
This underground passage is the armoury at Camden Fort Meagher. The first time I visited the fort a few years ago this passage wasn’t open but Rescue Camden have done a great job restoring and cleaning out 21 years of overgrowth.
Next weekend there’s a reenactment and other festivities to mark the last weekend open to the public this year. See you there!
“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.