Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Cruise Down The River Lee. Return By Rail

Cruise Down The River Lee
Return By Rail


Last Monday, we booked a boat trip from the city to Cobh. Cost is €21.00 per adult and you can return by train (extra). You get a much different perspective down on the water. It is a leisurely spin and you have a guide on board. The Ocean Escapes picked us up at Port of Cork Marina, Custom House Quay. On our way above, leaving behind the south channel to the left, the north to the right. For more info on the cruise (which also operates from Cobh) click here


The Ocean Escapes (ex Cailin Dor) ties up at Custom House Quay. Can take 70.
Building underway at Navigation Square

St Luke's Church

Montenotte Hotel

Fancy a craft beer?

Salmon fishing, all perfectly legal.

Currachs on the right bank
Relatively new fly-over near Tivoli

Rowers take a rest. Three clubs on right bank: Lee, Shandon and Blackrock


All quiet at The Marquee

Silversprings Clayton Hotel

Tivoli Docks

View through Tivoli docks

Tivoli docks, to be replaced by new facility at Ringaskiddy. Our on-board guide keeps up the flow of information and is also keen to answer any questions. See Blackrock Castle ahead, tiny in the right of centre.

Blackrock Village

City side of Blackrook Castle.

Once we pass the castle, speed can be upped from 6 knots to 10.

Looking back towards the city after passing the castle

Rockenham House, under renovation, according to our guide.

Cork-Cobh train stops at Carrigaloe.

Passage docks have a long history and it still goes on

The cross-river car ferry pulls into Glenbrook

The ever popular Bosun.

Arriving in Cobh, with cathedral on left. Boat trip takes less than 90 minutes.

The Irish Naval Base in Haulbowline.

Cool paint job indicates your train is stopping at Fota Wildlife Park. Once you board
in Cobh, you will stop at Rushbrooke and Carrigaloe before Fota.

The railway bridge as you leave Fota island

Hut at Glounthaune Station, where the Midleton line joins the Cobh line.
This station was long known as Cobh Junction.

All the stations are automated nowadays.
The station at Dunkettle is long gone.

Arriving at Kent Station in Cork City, about 25 minutes after departing from Cobh.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. Photos of a Visit

Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. 
Photos of a Visit
More detailed post here






The Café

Wooden sculpture


Reverse



Irish yew in the gardens



Salad in the café (below)


Hurricane Fly



Star struck


Our guide and Hardy Eustace, the "big baby".

Feeding Hardy

St Fiachra in his garden

St Fiachra cells

Invincible Spirit


Arkle

Sea of Stars sculpture