We visited the Ewe Experience outside Bantry over the June Bank Holiday weekend – an enjoyable hour or two.
I spotted the blackboard where visitors are able to write down what they would like to achieve before they die. I thought it a slightly risky request but it probably reflects on the type of visitor to the Ewe Experience.
I read all of the messages and there was none along the lines of the Bibi Baskin comment on the Gerry Ryan Show.
Over the June Bank Holiday weekend, we were travelling a minor road from Gougane Barra to Ballingeary and spotted a lump of rock in a field adorned with a painted strawberry.
I am totally at a loss as to any reference point for the subject or any particular meaning.
It is just there.
"In Loving Memory of Captain Tadhg O'Suilleabhain, C Company 2nd Battalion, 1st Cork Brigade, Irish Republican Army was murdered in this house on the 19th April, 1921.
I have noted a number of plaques erected to commemorate those who died in the Civil War or War of Independence. I think I might create a separate grouping on the Cork City section of the site.
Most of the others that I have seen are in both Irish and English. The script and my level of Irish did provide difficulties in reading the plaque above.
I did reflect on the use of the word ‘murder’. I thought of fifty/sixty years later when the Irish Republican Army declined to use the same word. It was justified as being part of an act of war.
I wonder if Captain O’Sullivan had killed whether this would have been described as murder. The plaque at Dillon’s Cross just mentions ambush – not a murder in sight.
I spotted this art on the wall of Scoozi’s Restaurant on Winthrop Lane.
The first thought was that it was a smart piece of wall art and marketing.
More consideration did reveal some fundamental flaws:
1. Scoozi is not an official scrabble word
2. If it were a permitted word, the smart play was to start the word with the ‘S’ on the centre tile thus resulting in the ‘Z’ being on the double letter tile
3. With the board available, it is difficult to comprehend that someone’s letters were so bad that they could only add a ‘T’ to create ‘TO’.
Even if their letters were so bad, ‘ST’ is a recognised scrabble word so the player would have scored four points rather than two, if he/she had placed the ‘T’ under ‘S’ of ‘SCOOZI’ to create ‘ST’ and ‘TO’
Maybe Scoozi are not targeting the scrabble-playing customer……
I have noticed a lot more street art recently. Maybe it is becoming more prevalent or maybe I am becoming more observant. Maybe some combination of the two.
I enjoyed this one as it extended to the footpath as well as the vertical gate.
In yesterday’s Examiner, I was reading about a tribute mural to John Peel in Belfast was removed as part of a clean-up.(Belfast Telegraph link)
"It just seems to have been an easy target - all the murals for paramilitaries and violence have been left
It is strange that the wall art had not been covered with over graffiti in the nine years since it went up. I recently noticed that many postboxes in Cork were repainted and were coated with fresh graffiti within days – yet street art, grottos, and republican plaques remain free of graffiti.
I don’t agree with graffiti but find it puzzling that it is considered fair to deface certain private and public property but other available surfaces remain clear.
Wellington Road by York Hill
The sign gives the definite impression that the garage owner has heard the excuse of ‘It was just a minute’ regularly.
I can almost hear myself say it – maybe not there but some gate or double yellow line somewhere.
I think that this sign is more effective than a bold NO PARKING sign. I think that I would be less inclined to stop in front of this gate than a double yellow line nearby.
In March, I was in the Cork County Cricket grounds in the Mardyke
and they have a large photograph on the wall of the Cork Exhibition. You can identify the cricket clubhouse and the Lord Mayor’s Pavilion in the photograph.
Sometime later, I took a photograph of the pier cappings at entrance to Fitzgerald’s Park which made note of the Exhibition of 1902 & 1903.
The current Archive magazine has an article about the Exhibition – as good a reason as any for a blog.
Some months ago, I took the photograph of the first floor plaque on 43 South Mall erected to the memory of William Saunders Hallaran.
I had not heard of William Saunders Hallaran before this and had not read the plaque. The photograph was filed away for use some time for a blog entry.
Yesterday, I picked up the latest copy of the Archive Magazine produced by the Cork Folklore project and there is an article by Mark Wilkins on William Saunders Hallaran – that was enough incentive to put up the blog
My recollection of my schooldays was that when a word ended in ‘S’, any apostrophe was placed after the ‘S’ and there was no need for an additional ‘S’ after the apostrophe.
I was getting ready to write a blog about the misspelling being in situ for such a long time but decided to check the web as to whether my memory was correct.
Wikipedia advises that opinion is divided as to whether an ‘S’ should be added to a singular word ending in ‘S’ – that makes both options correct depending on which style one wishes to adopt.
Or is that a cop-out to allow the wrong to be right?
I pass the shop regularly. I still recognise it as Irene’s – that was the name of the shop upto fifteen years ago or so.
I hadn’t spotted ‘FISHES’ until someone pointed it out to me.
Maybe I am not observant enough for this blog.
Richmond Hill, Cork
I passed this poster recently. It had been applied to plywood boarding on Richmond Hill.
I noted that someone did not take too kindly to the sentiment of the original poster and had added his/her own commentary.
What caused me to stop was the use of the word ‘BELIEVE’. Should it not be ‘BELIEF’?
Also there is the issue of the missing apostrophe.
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