Wednesday, 18 November 2009



Expect the unexpected is the motto of the Cork Vision centre in North Main Street.

Well the unexpected for me was the photo display upstairs: The Way Cork Was. The photos, sub titled “Echoes of the Past” are from the local Examiner newspaper archive and, in the main, cover the first half of the 20th century.

Some great high quality shots here and sure to bring back memories. For me, a picture of the Lee Hosiery (just across the road from the Centre) struck a chord as I worked there, though long after the photo was taken!

The Centre, in St Peter’s Church (1788), has quite a large exhibition area and there is a change about once a month. The main show at present is a largely average collection of landscape photos and next month (Dec) it will host the Irish Architecture Awards 2009, an overview of leading contemporary practice in Ireland.

The highlight at the moment though is the display upstairs though native and tourist alike will be interested in the detailed 1:500 scale model of the city (photo) which stretches the length of the ground floor.

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