31 January 2007
This was taken on the site of what was once the Red Abbey. Now it is a park of sorts...with fancy stonework designs. And pigeons, of course. :)
Studying for an exam has postponed my postings, but I should be able to get back on schedule now that it's over.
28 January 2007
The Cork Courthouse houses both the city and county courts. The original courthouse was built in 1836 and was burnt in 1891 -- the facade survived, however. It was rebuilt (with the surviving facade) in 1895. It was refurbished in 20 months & opened again in 2005. I took this photo shortly before it opened again -- hence the fence & signs in front of the doors.
The sculpture at the top of the building is "Justice, Hibernia & Commerce" & was created by a Cork-born artist, Thomas Kirk.
The courthouse is on Washington Street and is on the edge of the most bustling part of the city centre.
27 January 2007
A lovely sunny day in Fitzgerald Park (well, it was a few months ago when I actually took this photo), which is in between the University and the area called Sunday's Well. It was where the Cork International Exhibition was held in 1902 and 1903. A main attraction of the park is the Cork Public Museum, which will undoubtedly feature in a later post.
26 January 2007
Cork's City Hall, facing the river Lee, is home of the Cork Corporations & city administration. It was opened in 1936, after the original building was burnt down 11 Sept. 1920. There is also a concert hall inside, and the Cork Pops Orchestra often plays there.
It looks much nicer, when it isn't so cloudy. I'll have to get a picture of it on a sunnier day sometime soon.
Trying to get into the hang of posting every day. It's a bit harder than I thought it'd be, but I'll get into the habit soon enough.
24 January 2007
Following my early theme of churches, here's St. Anne's -- better known as the Shandon Church or the "four-faced liar." It earned this last nickname because the east & west clock faces run faster than the north & south ones. Also, for a small fee vistors can go up and ring the bells and get a great view of the city.
22 January 2007
For my first post, I had to put up one of Cork's most famous buildings -- St Fin Barre's Cathedral. (As a side note: there happens to be nearly half a dozen ways to spell this saint's name.) This particular view is one that you can find on loads of postcards.
Finbarre's also happens to be one of my favourite buildings...& only in part because I live close to it. :)