The cars of Cape Clear

Cape Clear Island, or Oilean Chleire, is only 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, but it’s only 40 minutes by ferry to the mainland so it’s fairly easy to bring out vehicles. In fact, I saw many more cars on the island than I did on my last trip. As you may have guessed by the photo above, once the cars get here, they really don’t go anywhere else, and many of them are in a bad state of repair. On a previous trip, my father and I were driven up a very steep hill above the harbour in a multicoloured VW Beetle that was literally falling apart with… Read More

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Cape Clear North Harbour

The north harbour in Cape Clear is the main harbour on the island. There’s a south harbour as well but there’s only a small beach there, and a long quayside where the occasional small boat ties up. To the left you can see the Club which is a small shop/cafe on the ground floor, while around the corner and upstairs is a pub. Last time I was in the pub was many years ago when I was at a book launch with my father. Up the hill is Cotter’s Bar. Never been in there, despite the fact we holidayed on the island so many times. Finally, a new bungalow sits… Read More

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Speeding Boat

A speedboat, at speed, races past the more sedate Naomh Ciaran II on our way to Oilean Cleire, or Cape Clear. You can see the island itself in the background! Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 106mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/320s

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Mulroy Bay II stranded in the evening sun

Another shot of the Mulroy Bay II as it lay in shallow waters in Baltimore Bay. Aperture ƒ/11 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 125mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/50s

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Warning sign in the wilderness

Another shot of the Electric Wires warning sign I posted yesterday. This one gives you a flavour of the landscape in the area, and the desolate, remote location of the sign. Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 125mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/200s

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Electric Wires

If you’ve ever taken the Naomh Ciaran II to Cape Clear Island this sign will be familiar to you. WARNING ELECTRIC WIRES 60 FT (18 Mtrs) OVER HIGH WATER LEVEL PS. The cheezburger are the latest blog to use the Thieving Duck. Hope they link back to the original post. PPS. They did, saw a trickle of hits from there. Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 200mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/160s

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Naomh Ciaran II

Naomh Ciaran II, the Cape Clear Ferry for many a year is still going strong. Here she is tied up at the pier in Baltimore, Co Cork, Ireland. The last time I boarded her (probably 15 years ago) and travelled to Oilean Cleire she was painted green and white, but it seems she has had an eventful history since then. Traditionally, for many years up to 2001, the provision of a ferry service to Cape Clear Island was handled directly by the State. The State (The Department of the Gaeltacht) owned the vessels that were in use – Oileán na nÉan and the Naomh Ciarán II. The service was managed… Read More

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Mulroy Bay II

Mulroy Bay II, one of two trawlers abandoned in the waters near Baltimore town in Co Cork, Ireland. Shot from Tullagh Cemetery. PS. Calvin took a few nights shots of the Mulroy Bay II a few days ago when local artist Sheelagh Broderick and others lit up the vessel with high powered lanterns. Aperture ƒ/40 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 200mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/6s

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Blarney Half Marathon 2008

The annual Blarney Half Marathon ran through the village and surrounding countryside yesterday. Here’s a gallery of shots I took while walking the dog. A light drizzle of rain soaked everyone, and hurried my steps home and back to the warmth. The weather was much nicer last year! Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 21mm ISO 400 Shutter speed 1/125s

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