Tuesday, 30 August 2011


Crosshaven's Fort Camden is a terrific visit:
Classical Coastal Artillery Fort
Brennan Torpedo Site
Magnificent Harbour Views
19th century construction
Underground tunnels
Artillery batteries
Cafe on the Parade ground

Lots of photos and full details of my recent visit here 



Crosshaven’s Fort Camden, open every Saturday and Sunday (12 noon) ‘til the end of September, is well worth a visit and the paltry three euro admission charge. There is a lot to see here, even though the restoration efforts by Rescue Camden Committee in conjunction with the County Council and FAS have still some way to go.

The highlight for me was the Bright Tunnel  that takes you from the parade ground down to the shore. Don’t worry; it is quite a wide tunnel. There are loads of steps but lots of landings as well to take a breather.

You may also see the engine room for the Brennan Torpedo, regarded as the world’s first practical guided torpedo and you can get much information on this well preserved classical coastal artillery site at http://www.rescuecamden.ie

There is a lovely atmosphere here, thanks largely to the volunteers that staff the site. They are properly proud of their place and are very willing to share their knowledge and help in any way. If you need to take a break, you can have tea and coffee and pick from a selection of cakes and scones. The prices are very reasonable. Last Saturday, a cup of tea and a scone cost me €2.50.

The cafe, now on the parade ground, may well move to a more scenic position, with a great view out over the harbour, towards Cobh and Fort Carlisle, next season. And it is also on the cards, that another, even larger tunnel, with a spiral staircase, will also be open to the public.

Some rooms have been restored and a few are being used for exhibitions. Last weekend was the first of two weekends for the brand new exhibition in the Gallery with local artist June Fitzgerald and friends. This features paintings of some well known local scenes.

The Camden Art Commission is also open and will run until the end of September. Five incredibly talented artists display their interpretation of the Fort in different mediums including Visual art, Poetry, Water, Metal and Naval architecture. 

My favourite (hidden behind black curtains) is perhaps the Inner Sea by Julia Pallone), a water installation that reflects the history of the place, not to mention the windows of the room in which it stands.

No shortage of variety here and it will only get better and in a few short years could well be one of the top attractions in the country. Remember, some sixty per cent of the fort is underground. So this is your chance to get down to Crosshaven and see the work in progress. Very enjoyable and suitable for kids.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011


My name's fox elipsus  :) coming over to Ireland from New York for my first ever concert in Cork... sorry to bother you, don't know anyone in town so telling all my fb friends... my songs are about peace & environment, inspired by Lennon and such... the live show is comical & free for all ages... sleeping in the car to make the tour possible, so since it's free, was hoping you might come & bring lots of family & friends, kids welcome :) my Mammy was from Ireland so coming here to sing is special for me... details below xx

Sat 27th Aug, starts 7pm - CORK
Tribes Coffee Shop, 8 Tuckey St

Earlier on Sat 27th: Nudefood Cafe in Dungarvan @ Noon, also Thu 25th 7pm Dublin, Fri 26th 6pm Waterford, Sun 28th 6pm Limerick, Mon 29th 6pm Galway, Tue 30th 6pm Belfast, check sites for info. oh & do you know any cheap local food places? kebabs curries chippy, Irish food, anything really?

Your friend - fox elipsus xx
(vids @ youtube.com/foxelipsus - cds @ elipsus.net )"


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Enjoyed last week’s visit to Carrigtwohill’s 16th century Barryscourt Castle  (including guided tour), gardens and orchard last week. All for free! Not even a parking charge.

I have been here every now and then over the years but this was the first time I took the tour. The castle has been extensively renovated since my first visit (about 1982). It was fascinating to see the medieval security arrangements at the door, the dark dungeon, the internal kitchen (the main one was outside, across the bawn), the Great Hall and the vessels and plates and so on, the furnished bedroom and the small chapel.

Fascinating too to learn the history of the Barry family and its various branches but especially of the Barrymores who lived here. Fortunes went up and down over the centuries and people influencing events in Ireland, such as Queen Elizabeth the first, Walter Raleigh, Cromwell, Hugh O’Neill and so on, also influenced events here in this now tranquil corner of East Cork.

Details and pictures of orchard visit here.

Monday, 15 August 2011



Tues 6 - Sat 10 September 8PM
The All-Star Wars
A musical comedy
Bryan Flynn & Kevin McCormack
The ALL STAR Wars returns to Cork Opera House after a roaring success with its Irish premiere. The gags, both verbal and visual come thick and fast in this smash hit comedy.
Tickets: €15, €20, €25
Booking fee may apply
Limited Early Bird Tickets Available

Fri 9 - Sat 10 September, Half Moon Theatre 8PM
Singing Nina

‘Singing Nina’ is the fabulous new show brought to you by the Chicago Jazz Queen, Karen Underwood and her band. Karen sings all the classic Nina songs, “‘Missippi Goddamn’, ‘Sinnerman’, ‘My Baby’ and ‘I Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl’.
Tickets: €12, €16
Booking fee may apply

Thu 15 – Sat 17 Sep, 8pm
Dido and Aeneas
In February 2011 Cork audiences were blown away by this masterpiece. Cork’s very own international stars Cara O’Sullivan, Majella Cullagh and Mary Hegarty reunite to perform together in Henry Purcell’s exquisite masterpiece, based on the Roman poet Virgil’s tragic story of Queen Dido and her Trojan lover, Aeneas.
Tickets: €20
Booking fee may apply
Limited Early Bird Tickets Available

Tues 20 Sept - Sat 24 Sept
It’s 1963. JFK is coming to Cork. The girls uncover a plot against the President. When nobody believes them they take it upon themselves to run to his rescue in their own inimitable style!
Tickets: €26
Booking fee may apply
Limited Early Bird Tickets Available

Thursday, 4 August 2011

BOLD GIRLS and more at the CAT


Cork Arts Theatre are delighted to present Bold Girls by Rona Munro. Directed by our own Dolores Mannion, it stars some of Cork finest actors: Marie O'Donovan, Martina Carroll, Antoinette Hilliard and Fionula Linehan  
Geraldine Aron's A Galway Girl opens on 17th and later Lunchtime Theatre returns with Lady Gregory's Spreading the News.

More details on the programme here

It promises to be a fantastic production and we are thrilled to present this excellent play to the people of Cork.



Fun and games, on land and water, plus dancing, singing and a Parade of Queens all feature in the packed programme for this year’s Cobh People’s Regatta. From Friday’s opening Wheelbarrow Race to the spectacular fireworks display on Sunday night, you are sure to find something that brightens up your weekend. Cobh is always a great place for a visit and now you have all these attractions as well as the lively east Cork town puts its best foot forward.

There is a list of events below and you can get more info here at the official website and also keep an eye on the updates in the Cobh Edition on Facebook http://cobhedition.com/

Friday 12th Aug

7-15pm - Wheelbarrow Race, Drag Wheelbarrow Race from Collaiste Muire to Main Stage
8-15pm - Regatta Dancers, Sinead Shepard's School of Dance, and Cobh Youth Services and Local talent take to the Main Stage
9-00pm - Official opening of the Regatta Weekend.
9-30pm - Parade of Queens from The Commodore Hotel to Main Stage for an interview with Cllr Micheal Martin.
10-00pm - Open Air Concert on Main Stage with Pat Fitz  ( you’re a Star Contestant )
11-00pm - Festival Club in the Commodore Hotel with Club C and Slim Sheedy tribute band playing in the Jack Doyle Room.

Sat 13th Aug

1-45pm - Firing of the First Gun to start the Dinghy Sailing Programme.
2-30pm - Fancy Dress Parade from Lynches Quay to the Promenade where there’s lots of activities including Bouncy Castles,Clowns, Face Paining, Fancy Dress Competition8-12years, Mini Queen Competition 8-12 years, Pretty Princess Competition4-7 years, Mini King Competition 8-12 Years, and Handsome Prince 4-7 years. Kiddies Disco ect.
3-00pm - Rowing starts at Pier Head, up to 10 Races,
6-00pm - TUG OF WAR starts in front of Main Stage.
7-00pm - Open Air Concert starts with Aces Wild
7-45pm - Rob The Nation Takes to the Main Stage.
9-00pm - U2OPIA Takes to the Main Stage
11-00pm - Festival Club in the Commodore Hotel with Club C and the Kieran Kramer Band in the Commodore Hotel.

Sunday 14th Aug

Full Sailing Programme also takes place throughout the day today

1-00pm - Strong Man Competition Starts.
1-30pm - Firing of First Gun to start Cruiser Sailing Programme.
3-00pm - Children's Crab Fishing Competition starts.
3-00pm - Open Air Concert with Cobh's Own Dirty Secret.
4-30pm - Children's Art Competition starts in the Promenade.
6-00pm - Stone Skimming Competition starts at Kennedy Pier.
6-45pm - Cobh Fisherman’s Trawler Race  starts at Kennedy Pier.
7-00pm - Open Air Concert on Main Stage with the Urge.
8-15pm - Announcement of the Regatta Queen 2011.
9-00pm - Open Air Concert with the Kieran Kramer Band .
10-00pm - Grand Finally our Specular Fire Works Display.
11-00pm - The Kieran Kramer Band on Main Stage.
11-00pm - Festival Club in the Commodore Hotel with Club C and Deuces Wild  playing Live in the Jack Doyle Room.

For further information on our Queen Contestants or Band Profiles, Kids activities Please Purchase our Regatta Programme 2011  from our local shops Priced at only €2.00 each.

We also Badly Need Volunteers to help us with many of our activities over the weekend and if you can help please call 087 6617969 asap!!

Sponsorship for the event as follows:

Main Sponsor - The  Commodore Hotel Cobh
Queen Competition Sponsor - Supermacs
Cobh Town Council

Media Partners
Evening Echo
Cobh Edition
Cobh Calls

Cobh & Harbour Chamber
Cobh Credit Union
Cobh Tourism



Some things never change.

This was underlined last week by our feisty guide for a tour of the Rock of Cashel. She told us about Miler McGrath, a bishop and a politician and a notorious character. The Vatican appointed him Bishop of Down and Connor but, in 1567, he was appointed the Protestant Archbishop of Cashel. Apparently, he held the dual appointment for nine years! He also served as an MP.

And then there was the choir, the Vicars Choral. Not your innocent boys but fully grown men, some of whom had wives and families in the town. The position was much sought after due to the financial rewards. One of the perks was a seal with which the choir member stamped the bill for the shop-keeper who was later reimbursed by the Archbishop. But greed set in and duplicate seals were made and overused by family members and eventually the seals were withdrawn.

Cashel was a centre of power long before the current buildings appeared on the horizon. Brian Boru, king of Munster and later of Ireland, was strongly associated with Cashel in the 10th and 11th centuries and then Cormac McCarthy, the King of Desmond, erected Cormac's chapel in the 12th century.

Cormac’s Chapel is a gem and one of the highlights of a visit to the Rock. The 12th century Romanesque chapel is being renovated and not always open to the public but we were lucky last week and enjoyed our tour.

The 12th century round tower is the oldest surviving building of the cluster. It was once free standing but is now secured to the 13th century cathedral which is not much more than a shell but quite an impressive one.

Treasures include the original 12th century St Patrick’s Cross which has been brought indoors to the museum the better to preserve it. And then there are the astonishing wall paintings which are being painstakingly restored.

It is a fantastic visit, very impressive. I’d advise you to go under the wing of your guide at first and then, well informed, you’ll be free to wander around and explore on your own after that. Parking is quite close and costs 4 euro. There are fairly basic, fairly clean toilets at the car park but they would seem inadequate for an attraction that draws so many people.