Sunday, January 25, 2015

City Views From Elizabeth Fort

City Views From Elizabeth Fort
Panoramas From The Ramparts

Above and below:
Looking north, across the South Channel and the Beamish & Crawford site.
The high mast on the right is at Collins Barracks,
the one on the left is at Knocknaheeny.
in between you can pick out Shandon and the North Cathedral.
On top: the "goldie" fish and angel.
Elizabeth Fort is a 17th century star shaped fort off Barrack Street. The city eventually grew around the fort. The fort has played a role in many of the events affecting Cork history. It has been used by armies, militia, even the guards (1920-2013). Now Cork City Council have taken possession and plan to develop it as a tourist attraction.
The fort towers over neighbouring houses
The fort is open to the public and you can get up-to-date information at the Facebook Page here and also stay in touch via the Twitter link. Admission is free and there are great views over the city. Some areas are being populated with "soldiers" and there are cannons and smaller weapons on display. Some information panels as well including an explanation of the phrase "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey", not one you'd be thinking of!
High on the hill, Church of the Ascension, Gurranabraher.
Great to see the City Council using social media to get the word out on Elizabeth Fort. But they have their work cut out for them. A few minutes after the visit, I was in the English Market and chatting to a man behind one of the stalls. He is a Corkman, in his thirties, and had never heard of the place!

Shandon and its goldie fish

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral,
a close neighbour
In the grounds of the cathedral

17th century hangover.
After visiting the fort, I took a walk around
Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mayfield, on a snowy morning

Snowy Morning In Mayfield
Cork Suburb In White
Pics taken between 8.00 and 8.30am, except for last two (taken about an hour later). The overnight snow vanished quickly after noon and a storm is forecast for between 6.00 and 9.00 am on the 15th. How quickly things change!
From Springfield - looking south-east

From Springfield - looking up towards Silver heights

From Springfield - looking south-east

From Springfield - looking south-east
This photo taken (and added here) about 8.30am on Jan 19th '15
same location as the one above it.
From Springfield - looking south-east towards Cobh

In Iona Park

In Iona Park

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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

Cork. My city by the Lee.
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


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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stellar. Exhibition featuring new works by members of Cork Printmakers

Press release
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!

Leaves are getting scarce

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

A snake-like tile sculpture

Frosty patch

Taking a break.