Marlogue Woods – Walterstown, Cork

Marlogue Woods is located east of Cobh, best way to get there is by any mode of transport other than cycling. It's somewhat of a short walk if you stick to the forest path which can be easily extended if you go along the rocky shoreline. Worthwhile to visit to see the view of East Ferry and the Monterey pine in the southern part of the woods, unfortunately there was a considerable amount of litter and recent fire damage in this area, likely due to the spate of recent good weather in Ireland. IMG_0003 IMG_0008 IMG_0038 IMG_0015 IMG_0016 IMG_0017 IMG_0023 IMG_0026 IMG_0032 IMG_0033 IMG_0035 IMG_0037
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Beast from the East in Cork City

On the morning of March 2nd, 2018. The residents of Cork City witnessed a rare weather phenomenon not seen for quite some time. Fortunately I had the day off work to take some snaps.
Pope's Quay

Pope's Quay

Snowman contstruction in Pope's Quay

Snowman contstruction in Pope's Quay

Crossroad at the Camdem Quay

Crossroad at the Camdem Quay

Patricks Hill

Patricks Hill

Merchants Quay
Patrick's Street

Patrick's Street

Patrick's Street

Patrick's Street

Patrick's Street

Patrick's Street

Patrick's Street snowpeople

Patrick's Street snowpeople

Opera Lane

Opera Lane

Oliver Plunkett Street

Oliver Plunkett Street

Washington Steet

Washington Steet

Grand Parade

Grand Parade

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Tesco's Paul Street

Tesco's Paul Street

North Main Street

North Main Street

Kyle Street

Kyle Street

 Kyrl's Quay

Kyrl's Quay

Coke Zero bikes in Pope's Quay

Coke Zero bikes in Pope's Quay

It was also a great time to build an igloo, construction time about 3 hours.
Igloo construction at the Cork City Skate Park

Igloo construction at the Cork City Skate Park

Igloo construction at the Cork City Skate Park

Igloo construction at the Cork City Skate Park

Adding finishing touches to the Igloo near the Cork City Skate Park

Adding finishing touches to the Igloo near the Cork City Skate Park

Adding finishing touches to the Igloo near the Cork City Skate Park

Adding finishing touches to the Igloo near the Cork City Skate Park

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The woods at Mount Desert near Cork City

One evening, I took notice of a wooded area on the other side of Lee Fields and was curious about visiting it. Here's the highlighted map of the woods from Google Maps. map It was only years later that I decided to explore it. I had taken a day off work and figured that I'd finally check it out. I strolled in through the entrance of the Bon Secours Care Village and proceeded to enter the forest close to the car park. I was somewhat concerned that I would be stopped by security as it is technically on private property.
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Entrance from the Mt Desert cul de sac. This was the old entrance from Blarney Road side. The view is great on a clear day.

Within the woods, I followed the old route that was drawn out in 1850 ordinance survey map, large parts of it was still in reasonably good condition and some well worn paths diverged from the original one probably due to some overgrowth. The western half of the woods had more coniferous trees than deciduous ones, looked particularly great in the evening!
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Western edge of the wood, seemingly popular campfire spot for tracksuit-clad folks with poor taste in alcohol ( judging by the discarded cans littered around this area )

Luminance HDR 2.3.0 tonemapping parameters:Operator: FattalParameters:Alpha: 1Beta: 0.9Color Saturation: 1.1 Noise Reduction: 0 ------PreGamma: 2 On the first day of coming to this area I had met two dog walkers on separate occasions, who informed me that it was an area frequented by locals which the care village seemingly had taken no issue with. IMG_0094_photoshop IMG_0106_photoshop To contrast with the western half of the woods, the eastern part featured large patches of wild garlic and bluebells thriving on the forest floor, in some areas I would find myself to be surrounded by them. Mid Spring is the best time to see these before they get choked from any sunlight by the canopy. But as far as which side of the woods impressed me the most, it was easily this one. IMG_0108_photoshop IMG_0115_photoshop IMG_0145_photoshop IMG_01_to_03 IMG_7_to_9 IMG_10_to_12 img_24_to_26 IMG_25_to_27_part2 IMG_0161_photoshop IMG_0162_photoshop IMG_0171_photoshop IMG_185_to_187 IMG_0209_photoshop IMG_0210_photoshop IMG_0212_photoshop IMG_0220_photoshop IMG_0227_photoshop IMG_0230_photoshop IMG_0233_shop    
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Sherkin Island, West Cork

Sherkin is a small island situated near Baltimore, West Cork. Two pubs on the island just about enough for a population of 108 ( according to the 2006 census ). Subject to weather conditions, the island ferry runs at least 8 times a week day, 7 and 5 times for Saturday and Sunday respectively. These were taken a while back in 2014, hopefully the island hasn't suffered any damage from subsequent storms in early 2015 and 2016. IMG_0726 IMG_0747 IMG_0757 IMG_0761 IMG_0764 IMG_0779 IMG_0790 IMG_0792 IMG_0801 IMG_0805 IMG_0816 IMG_0819
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The Curraheen Cave

It was roughly in August 2015 when I decided to go off the beaten track at the Curraheen Walkway near the vicinity of Lee Fields and my eye caught something interesting at a small rock formation. DSCF0065 From the few snaps I took of it, it looked like it had potential to be a cave. The entrance was initially too tight to squeeze into but this was easily remedied with the help of a digging implement. DSCF0068 DSCF0070 A week later, I returned and brought a friend with a shovel to help. IMG_0008 Once widened, I could squeeze head first into the hole and stretch my arm inside and make an attempt to take a photo further into the chamber. There was roughly a 2 metre drop before the hole does a right angle turn and lead to a corridor. The following image was facing straight down the hole. IMG_0013 This is the only decent photo of the corridor, it was taken while I was partially inside the hole, upside down and my arm stretched out as far as possible to get to the bottom of the drop, while holding the camera and taking the occasional picture. It's difficult to know whether the corridor just stops or leads to a larger chamber, but bumping up the brightness in Photoshop reveals some rubble and some colour items that were too blurry to make out. IMG_0018 The photos show this small cave had promise so we decided to embark on a mission to try squeeze inside it. The following photo is a dramatisation of my attempt to squeeze into the hole legs first. IMG_0011 I actually got in much further than the photo above implies but at only a certain point in the narrow drop, it got much tighter at the halfway point, but my legs could go through but couldn't touch the bottom, I became stuck and my legs were simply dangling away being incapable of lifting myself out with ease. My hands couldn't get a good grip so I was only able to use my elbows to inch myself up a little but  it was not enough. This had me worried after 5 minutes of trying and failing miserably at each attempt, I eventually got my fellow caver, Tom to reach in and pull me back out again. Much to my relief. Tom also made an attempt as well but couldn't get as far as I did. Shortly after, we gave up on any further trials, and whatever was beyond that corridor at the bottom of this hole had to be left to our wild imaginations. Anyway, here was my attempt at surveying the cave:
A graphical and somewhat accurate depiction of Cave #1

A graphical and somewhat accurate depiction of Cave #1

Not too distant from the first cave, were we able to find the entrance to another cave which, to our delight, was more accessible than the first. DSCF0073 It was a small cave, in terms of space it was roughly 6 square metres squared, probably could fit four people inside but there's very little height to sit up properly to make it a comfortable outing. Despite the mud, animal bones, spiders, low ceiling, it was surprisingly snug. We stayed inside for about half an hour, there wasn't much else to do other than taking photos or occasionally making strange verbal sounds when a passerby was in the vicinity. IMG_0024 IMG_0028 IMG_0029 IMG_0030 IMG_0031 IMG_0034 IMG_0036 IMG_0040 IMG_0043 IMG_0045 IMG_0054 Another attempt at a dramatisation of events. IMG_0064 And here's a short video of the second cave where I repeatedly call the area Lee Fields as opposed to Curraheen:
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The Beaumont Quarry Cave

IMG_0173 With the quarry only being a stones throw away from work, I've decided recently to check out the place after reading Kieran McCarthy's piece about it , what particularly caught my attention from the post was the mention of caves in it. I was surprised at how easily accessible some of them were. IMG_0115 IMG_0011 IMG_0004 IMG_0005 IMG_0152 IMG_0167 We found at least 5 different entrances with varying degrees of accessibility, one of the easiest is the one at the easterly cave where there is plenty of room in the inside chamber for three to stand, other entrances didn't open as much and the westerly entrance required climbing down at least 3 meters to get comfortably inside it. It was inside this cave where we did the brunt of the somewhat limited exploring. IMG_0195 It wasn't the climb that was the difficult part of entering the cave though, our biggest obstacle was the pile of rubbish consisting of beer cans, plastic bags, bottles and especially broken glass. IMG_0022 IMG_0029 There were several other items that we found in various parts close to the entrance, including a tennis ball, a volleyball, rusted pliers and a large egg which my spelunking companion later cracked to a horrifying discovery. IMG_0053 IMG_0015 IMG_0016 IMG_0018 IMG_0024 IMG_0031 IMG_0035 IMG_0036 IMG_0039 There were a couple of tight spots. IMG_0048 IMG_0054 IMG_0059 IMG_0062 IMG_0065 IMG_0075 IMG_0076 IMG_0078 IMG_0080 IMG_0083 IMG_0088 IMG_0184 There were plenty of small chambers to crawl through but according to Brian Murphy's map survey published featured in the Irish Speleological journal, we've only managed to cover only a quarter of what was explored in 1973. We had barely reached the Cone Chamber.
Photo of Brian Murphy's survey of Beaumont Cave

Brian Murphy's survey of Beaumont Cave - 1973 , Photo provided by Conor Harding

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Dog vs Tennis Ball

This is the face of a dog that does not feel like playing fetch today.
It's just out of reach

It's just out of reach

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