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The Disappearance of Fungie

Fungie

The disappearance of a single solitary dolphin in the year 2020 would seem to be small news among the horrible things that have happened this year. The pandemic is still raging. Ireland is in lockdown again. People are dying from Covid-19.

However, on October 20th it was reported that Fungie, a dolphin that first appeared in Dingle Bay, Co Kerry in 1983 was missing for 7 days.

For as long as I’ve been aware of Dingle, it has been synonymous with Fungie. He was hard to miss as there’s a statue in the town, and several boats lined the quays ready to take visitors out to see the friendly dolphin.

I went out once in 2017, and I saw him break the surface a few times but he wasn’t in the mood for playing at the time. You should have seen the packed boats of tourists trying to grab a glimpse of him. Thankfully our boat wasn’t as busy!

The last time I saw him was in August this year. My family and I walked out to Hussey’s Folly on a glorious evening where we sat in the grass watching the water, accompanied by several boats and kayakers.

There was the occasional shout when someone spotted him, and the delighted laughs and exclamations made it all worth it.

The next night we walked out by the small beach at Bín Bán. As night fell we heard splashes in the still water and spotted Fungie swimming back and forth just ten to twenty metres from shore. All was quiet. There was only my family and a passer-by around. It was very special hearing his splashes in the water.

Paddy Ferriter, keeper of the old lighthouse pictured above, was the first person to spot Fungie in 1983. He tells his story in a short clip here:

My photos of Fungie don’t do him justice. Follow these links for more:

Washington Post article on his disappearance.

There are wonderful videos of Fungie on this Facebook page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7sEG6WhPM

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 300mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

The Blue Hand

The Blue Hand

Masked on Grand Parade, Cork. September 2020.

Aperture ƒ/2.4
Camera SM-G965F
Focal length 4.3mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/610s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Cork Street Photography

Cork Street Photography

St. Patrick Street, Cork. August 2020.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/1250s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

We all wear masks

We all wear masks

Opera Lane, Cork.

Aperture ƒ/2.4
Camera SM-G965F
Focal length 4.3mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/490s
Categories
Black and White Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Waltzing at the fairground

Waltzing at the fairground

The waltzers at the fairground in Dingle, Co Kerry last August.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 68mm
ISO 3200
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

With an Umbrella

With an Umbrella

No sign of masks yet in February 2020.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 2500
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Up a ladder in Kinsale

Up a ladder in Kinsale

Kinsale, Co Cork on a glorious June afternoon.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Watch the world go by

Watch the world go by

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Music at Debenhams

Music at Debenhams

Debenhams closed all their stores suddenly on April 9th 2020 when it’s parent company in the UK went into administration. Employees of the company continue to protest outside and until recently inside the Patrick Street location where this photo was made.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 1000
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Masks in Public Places

Masks in Public Places

Masks in Public Places

Masks in Public Places

The anti-mask crowd make a lot of noise but despite them people are still protecting themselves and others by wearing masks during this pandemic.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

GAX

GAX

Cork, August 1st, 2020.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/500s
Categories
Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Douglas Village Shopping Centre: Removal of Cars

Removal of cars from Douglas Village Shopping Centre car park
Removal of cars from Douglas Village Shopping Centre car park

Onlookers watch cars being removed from car park

I was reminded yesterday by this post on Reddit that the fire that gutted the carpark in Douglas Village Shopping Centre was on August 31st 2019. Also yesterday, the owners of the shopping centre announced that they are still on track to reopen in November.

I was in Douglas eight days after the fire and took some photos of the crane taking cars from the roof of the car park. I wonder if any of them were road worthy afterwards since the surface of the lower levels had buckled and folded with the heat of the flames. At the very least the smoke damage must have been awful.

Remember when Quinnsworth was the main tenant there and it had a huge flat car park in the 80s? These photos of Douglas in the 80s will bring back memories if you were around then.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 21mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s