Friday, 27 April 2012

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Ballycotton Cliff Walk

Headed off last Saturday afternoon, a rather showery one, to take a walk along the Ballycotton Cliff Trail. Despite the threat in the top picture (which didn't hit the land), I managed to dodge the showers. Had some waterproofs, just in case. This is a lovely walk and you can see more photos, in glorious colour, here
The start is at the western end of the village. The path, not suitable for buggies, is hard packed earth for much of the way; there are flat stones and slabs in a few areas and even a small wooden bridge to help you get past one of the few tiny streams you pass on the way. Sometimes the path skirts the farmers' fields but the way ahead is always clear.
I kept walking for about fifty minutes (including photo time). I passed a sandy beach, with lots of rocks, called Ballytrasna and then reached what I think is Spine Kop (?). This juts out into the sea and gives excellent views, including one back to Ballycotton Island and the lighthouse which now looks quite small in the distance.
At that point, with a darkish cloud looming from the west, I decided to head back. Thought I was in for a soaking but, though a few heavy drops fell as I neared the car park, the threat never materialised.
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Monday, 16 April 2012


Rosa Mystica window unveiled for the first time since WWII at the Glucksman

A unique and spiritual exhibition entitled “The Sacred Modernist: Josef Albers as a Catholic Artist” has opened at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery.    The exhibition includes Albers early drawings of churches and cathedrals, as well as his world famous Homages to the Square.
The highlight of the exhibition is undoubtedly the Rosa Mystica window, a stunning stained glass window created by Josef Alber in 1917 for St. Michael’s Church in his hometown of Bottrop, Germany and which was destroyed in World War II.  The Josef and Anni Albers foundation commissioned this replica using the only known colour study of the original window.  Rosa Mystica is on display for the first time internationally at the Glucksman Gallery, UCC. The stained glass element of the exhibition has particular resonance in UCC where the Honan Chapel houses the remarkable windows of Harry Clarke.

The Sacred Modernist: Josef Albers as a Catholic Artist exhibition opened on 6 April and will run until 8 July 2012, and an extensive programme of talks, screenings, courses and workshops will take place throughout the course of the exhibition.

Fiona Kearney, Director at the Lewis Glucksman said “It is thrilling to see the beautiful stained glass window glowing with light in the gallery. Our visitors will be the first people to see this work since it was destroyed in World War II so it is a wonderful coup for the Glucksman Gallery in UCC.  It is really exciting for us to present the window along with Albers’s world-famous Homages to the Square.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with contributions from curatorial, architectural, literary and spiritual perspectives on Alber’s work including writer Colm Tobín and Abbott of Glenstal Abbey and Mark Patrick Hederman.

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery will be open for the Easter Weekend and closed on Monday.  Normal opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and on Sunday, 2pm-5pm.  The Gallery will be open during the Easter weekend, however it will be closed on Easter Monday. Entry to the exhibition is free with a suggested €5 donation. 

For further information on upcoming events and workshops, please visit  

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Fr Matthew Tower, then (Aug 83) and now.

Entrance to what is now the Rockgrove Industrial Estate.

Took advantage of Sunday's sunshine to retrace some steps in the Rockgrove -Factory Hill area. Started at the entrance to the Rockgrove Industrial Estate, formerly the Rockgrove Camp and owned by the Department of Defence in  the 50s and 60s when I was growing up in the area. We would walk, those of us who worked and played in town, from the hill above (Caherlag and Rougrane), down to get the train at Little Island. There was a disused sentry hut (now vanished) behind the gate posts (right) where we would change our footwear, before walking the short distance to the station. That road is now blocked off. More details of those "good old days" here

Fr Matthew Tower Aug 83 C6 by CorkBilly

Fr Matthew Tower Aug 83 C6, a photo by CorkBilly on Flickr.
Fr Matthew Tower Apr 2012.

From Rockgrove, I walked over the back road, behind the Island Gate (previously the Dew Drop Inn), towards the Dunsland Garden Centre. Shortly before the Dunsland entrance, I went up Tower Hill, now well populated with houses but still an working an agricultural area when I took the photo of the mid 18th century tower in 1983. The tower, as you can see in the older photo, was in ruins, after years of neglect.
For many years now, it has been restored, is gated and has a house attached at the western side (both photos are of the eastern side).

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Superb Chastitute at Cork Arts Theatre

The Chastitute at the CAT
On the road to Abbeyfeale
I met a man with meal..

That chant, coming from the Bush radio in the corner, was my first encounter with the works of John B Keane (right). I had another last night (fifty years later!) when The Chastitute opened at the Cork Arts Theatre on Carroll’s Quay.

My opening lines come from Sive (1959). While there is more than twenty years between the writing of Sive and The Chastitute (1981), there are, of course, many similarities. The Chastitute is 53 year old John Bosco who has been trying hard all his adult life to lose his virginity. But Ireland then was a tough country for single men whose best days had faded away.

“Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing

Oh, the ring of the piper's tune

Oh, for one of those hours of gladness

Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon!”

We meet John with a glass of punch, his own potent mix, in his hand. Here the drink is presented as being part of the problem; at the end, it is part of his solution. In between, there are many tears but also many laughs.

John, too fast with the slow ones, too slow with the fast ones, has no luck with the women.. He enlists the help of the local matchmaker, well that was his aunt’s doing, and then the local ladies man, the sly slick Sylvie.

Sylvie gets him into some promising situations. And things seem to be going to plan on a visit to Cork but here John’s bedroom progress is stymied by the girl's mother who takes a fancy to him. Too much drink then and the girl falls asleep in his arms before any action.

At confession, the priest is wondering why John came to him at all with no real sin. “Go forth and fornicate properly” is the clerical order to the shocked chastitute.

Soon he is on the road to the Dublin show with Sylvie and ends up with a widow. A happy ending is on the cards until a bomb hoax intervenes. So no joy, only frustration, for John Bosco and for so many like him in the Ireland of the 50s and 60s.

The Cork Arts Theatre is a smashing little venue and last night there was a great rapport between the cast in general and the capacity audience. But Leo Conway, who plays John Bosco, enjoyed some extra special sympathy as he told his stories. Most of the others, experienced and accomplished actors all, had multiple parts and I just don’t know how they pulled it off but they were all magnificent.

All in all it is a terrific performance, well worth seeing. And the good news is that it continues every evening at 8.00pm from now until April 28th. This week’s performance cost just a tenner but the following two weeks the ticket price rises to €15.00. Still great value! This punter certainly enjoyed it.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Cobh today: ready to face the music and the President!

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Today in Cobh, finishing touches for tomorrow's official opening of the Titanic 100 commemorations.
Clockwise from top left: queues for the Titanic Experience, stories for the children in the Maritime tent on the deep water quay, horse and carriage rides, stage is ready for nightly concerts on the promenade, boats at rest, window of the Sirius which is hosting a photo collection of early 20th century emigrants on the point of departure.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Enjoyable loop around Corrin Hill and Wood

The Hill of Corrin, a few miles south of Fermoy, is a landmark for the many motorists that pass under it every day on the Fermoy-Cork Road. The 222 metre summit provides great views over the surrounding countryside and is easily reached from the car park.
It was beautiful and sunny up around Corrin this April Sunday morning and we certainly enjoyed the looped walk which runs to 4.5 kilometres, plus the short detour to the summit which is marked with a large cross and a cairn. The degree of difficulty is marked as moderate on the noticeboard and it gives a time to complete the loop of 1.5 hours.
I think we may have under that time. But I'm not sure. I'm not that kind of walker and nobody was counting the minutes. Just walking, enjoying the sunshine and the views, stopping to take a few photos. Very enjoyable.