Thunder and Lighting in Cork – 30th of January

We had quite the thunder in Cork City last night.

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Flooded Lee Fields ( November 2012 )

These were taken on an incredibly cold Saturday morning while flood water was still remained in the Lee Fields, it was in the process of freezing in some parts but it didn’t remain cold enough for that to happen …

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Exploring St Kevins Asylum, Cork City

This was the state of some of the buildings surrounding the asylum on 11th of November 2012, some were easily accessible and others weren’t, such as the actual asylum itself which had all the entrances blocked all around. If you search for photos taken from 3 or 4 years earlier and compare them with more recent ones, it’s surprising to see how drastically some of those buildings deteriorated since then.



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Flooding in Cork ( 17th October 2012 )

These were taken from Lavitt’s Quay and Coal Quay area of Cork City at the time when high tides and heavy rainfall hit the city on the 17th of October, 2012.


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Lee Fields in the Morning

If you regularly commute from Cork City to Ballincollig in the mornings or late in the evenings, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the fog that covers the Carrigrohane Straight. The mornings are usually a better sight but it quickly disappears soon after sunrise, also requires getting up early. For these photos, it had to be a 6:30 am start in the day.


Here’s also my timelapse attempt, because fog conditions typically required it to be cold, bringing a hot flask and a pair of thick socks is highly recommended.


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The Allihies Copper Mine, West Cork


Back in May I finally got the opportunity to see it for myself. Allihies Copper Mine was at some point in the mid 1800’s, the largest copper mining operation in Europe and once the copper production dwindled in the late 1800’s , production ceased and Allihies was left with an abundance of mineshafts and large gaping chasms, each one cutting deep into the mountain largely thanks to the narrow open-pit mining method used. Without the barriers surrounding the mineshafts and chasms, Allihies is an incredibly dangerous area to go exploring in if you didn’t watch your step.


The mineshafts themselves were small and required a considerable amount of crawling to get through, it must have been a pain for the miners at the time having to constantly keep their heads low. Little remains of the mining infrastructure that allowed easier navigation inside the mines, often a mineshaft would lead us to a small abyss containing wooden beams between each side that probably once held wooden platforms, at that point we could only admire the surroundings and turn around to find a different route.


We would find ourselves in various chambers, each one was as unique as the other, their shapes, size and angles they were cut in varied so much it was difficult not to be in awe every time we stepped into a new one. The walls of each chamber were coated in blue-green and yellow brown ( as a result of copper and iron oxidation ) creating a somewhat surreal but beautiful effect.


Above ground, was the Engine Tower that was built to lift the miners to/from the bottom of the mine, 500 – 600 metres from the surface, almost 300 meters below the sea level, the prospect of which can be terrifying when you think about how close the mine is to the sea.


While fences and barriers exist above ground to try keep curious folks like me out, it’s disappointing to see it hasn’t successfully stopped flytipping in the mine.


Note: Mountain Mine at Allihies is owned by the State and access underground is only by permission of the Exploration and Mining Division. The good friend of mine who is a local in the area pointed out that more and more barriers have been installed in the area in the past few years making access to the mines incredibly difficult for the intrepid adventurer to access, however if the Allihies Parish Co-operative Society Ltd’s latest €3 Million attraction plan pulls through ( which you can read about it here ), it could mean that the mines can be made safe and accessible to the public. I’m hoping it does, it’s really worth it.


Shaky video:


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Dragon of Shandon 2012, Cork City

Some photos taken from the Dragon of Shandon parade that takes place around the Shandon area every 31st of October to celebrate Samhain. More info about the parade can be read here.

There’s video too:


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Morning Mist in Lee Fields

I took this on a morning walk to work in Ballincollig when the conditions were perfect for the mist.

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Lighthouse at Ramsgate

This was taken at our stop at Ramsgate harbour, east of London.

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Sailing Trip

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything here, recently other commitments and holidays have slowed my post rate down a minimum.

Anyway, I’m thinking of re-designing the site with a proper gallery function and a nifty little blog section. In the meantime, here’s a sampling of an image I took from my recent holidays. This was taken less than 2 weeks ago when we sailed across the English channel.

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