Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cork City. River-Streets-Music-Buildings-Parks

Cork. My city by the Lee.
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When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

Cork’s a bit like Longfellow's little girl. Quite a tease. Take her river, for example. We swim in it, work by it, play by it. And then it floods, tosses our lives about.
And her streets. Walking down Pana, stopping to listen to the band. All is calm. Another day, there’s the traffic, loud horns wail. All is cacophony. 
And then there are the parks. Great places for a walk, maybe a snooze in the sun. But not enough of them.
Nothing’s perfect. Not us. Not the home we love.
It’s the only city we’ve got. Keep making it better, keep making the best of it. 

The River








The Streets & The Music


Germany's Beat 'n Blow, October Jazz Festival



New York Brass Band, October Jazz Festival

The Buildings
Blackrock Castle

Shandon

County Hall

The old, the new

St Fin Barre's Cathedral

Lapps Quay on a frosty morning
The Parks
Fitzgeralds Park

Glen River Park

Glen River Park

Fitzgeralds Park in Autumn

Lee Fields

Photos copyright Billy Lyons


Friday, December 5, 2014

Ballycotton Cliff Walk

Ballycotton Cliff Walk
04/12/14
Contre jour


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stellar. Exhibition featuring new works by members of Cork Printmakers

Press release
Stellar
Opening of annual exhibition featuring new works,
by members of Cork Printmakers, at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery

The exhibition opens at 6pm, on Thursday 4th of December, at the CIT Wandesford Quay Galleryand features all new works by artists members of Cork Printmakers.

The featured prints have been created specifically for this exhibition and each piece has been hand printed by the artist. The prints are available in limited editions, with a diverse range of subject matter including landscape, abstraction, figuration, quirky interpretations of contemporary Irish lifeand much more. The artists have used a wide range of printmaking techniques from etching, lithography, photo intaglio, to screen-printing and digital prints. With an average price range of between 100 euro – 250 euro, this is a great opportunity to buy an affordable piece of art, as well as supporting local professional artist printmakers.

Cork Printmakers is one of the leading open access print studios in the south of Ireland and is a leading fixture in international print development. It supports exceptional artists, promoting the highest standards of practice. The exhibition will comprise new work from emerging and established contemporary artists working in Ireland today, including John Aherne, Brian Lalor, Paul La Rocque, Jo Kelley, Eileen Kennedy, David Lilburn, Frieda Meaney, Noelle Noonan and many more.

Our Gift Vouchers make special gifts, which can be used to purchase artwork or a course from our extensive Adult Education Programme. Cork Printmakers’ limited edition Christmas Cards will also be available to buy. Each card is printed on fine art Somerset paper and hand cut.

Venue:            CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork

Dates:             4th - 23rd December 2014
                        Opening Reception: 6pm, Thursday 4th December
Times:                        Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm; Closed Sunday.

Cork Printmakers acknowledges the financial support of The Arts Council of Ireland & Cork City Council.


For further information please contact:
Nicola Carragher  (021) 4335210
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

Valerie Byrne / Frances O’ Connor, (021) 4322422 / (087) 9703189 / (087) 2859542
Cork Printmakers, Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork
Web: www.corkprintmakers .ie

About Cork Printmakers:
Cork Printmakers was established in 1991 and is a non-profit, charitable status, fine-art open access printmaking facility, based in Cork City, Ireland. Cork Printmakers mission is to provide, manage and maintain an excellent printmaking facility, equipment and specialist materials. We address the technical concerns of artist printmakers; set and promote the highest standards of practice in printmaking; foster multi-disciplinary and innovative approaches to art practice; enable opportunities for artists through exhibitions and networking nationally and internationally.

Cork Printmakers & CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery are located in the refurbished 19th century warehouses at Wandesford Quay along with Backwater Artists Studio, situated between Sharman Crawford Street and Clarke’s Bridge. Five minutes walk from Patrick Street.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

End of Autumn at Glen River Park

End of Autumn at Glen River Park 
Frost, fog, water, sunshine
And cold fingers!

Entrance
Leaves are getting scarce


A Heron. The pic on the right is upside down.

A snake-like tile sculpture



Frosty patch

Taking a break.



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Autumn at Fota Gardens

Autumn at Fota Gardens and Arboretum
Some of the autumn colours today at the lovely Fota Gardens and Arboretum, near Cobh, on County Cork. And, below, in black and white! Great place to take a stroll, see the gardens, the orangery and the arboretum itself. The only cost is the three euro parking fee. Entrance from the Cobh road is shared with the Fota Wildlife Park. The Wildlife parking is on your left going in and the separate car park for the house is a little further in. Pay on your way out.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Why not take a trip to Fota Gardens?

Why not take a trip to Fota Gardens?
House and Gardens tours Saturday next, Heritage Day.
Special tour next Wednesday.
The Italian Garden
I was in Fota yesterday (Wednesday 20.08.14) and might well be there again next Wednesday as they have a free Guided Tour of the Gardens and Arboretum starting at 2.00pm. It is all part of National Heritage Week and I'd highly recommended it. It is a lovely spot.

All in the walled gardens

You may, of course, visit Fota Gardens and Arboretum any day of the week, as I do from time to time. But last Wednesday was the first time I saw the fantastic restoration work that has been carried out on the Victorian Glasshouses, a large chunk of local heritage saved.
Indeed, the house itself and the gardens will be open on Saturday coming, Heritage Day. You may need to book in advance and the info is here.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Paradise in Doneraile

Doneraile Wildlife Park
Drove into the 166 hectare park, just off the main street in Doneraile yesterday and was delighted to see hundreds of people, including many children, out and about and enjoying themselves by the little river (the Awbeg), in the well equipped playground, and in the wide open spaces of the landscaped park. There are many walks here, some long, some short. And there are also many deer, quite a few young also at present.

Doneraile Wildlife Park (no admission charge) is a gem and many times it is under-utilised. But that was not the case this Thursday and I had trouble finding parking. Trouble is hardly the word as the OPW have an overflow car park nearby. 

Many of the people were having a picnic. But don't worry if you forgot to bring food and drink. There is a lovely tea rooms in the former kitchen of the Doneraile Court building around which the park is built and the rooms are open every day of the week from 10.00am to 6.00pm. And if you want to find out more about the gardens here, check with guides@doneraile.ie who do guided group tours.