If a move to a new shop is believed, then a formerly vacant premises has now been occupied and so one does not leave with the reality that o2 have closed a premises and so reduced their rates contribution to the city and that o2 have also contributed to the decline of the principal street by creating yet another vacant premises.
St. Patrick's Street, Cork
On our visit to Corcomroe Abbey, I did take a stroll around the cemetery.
This was added to my list of inscriptions that provoke contemplation – even some months later.
It reminds me of the scene in Jean de Florette that remains readily accessible in the brain when they stop the clock – the first time such a custom registered with me. A custom I like.
Tonight on my way to my Conversational Irish gathering, I stopped to appreciate this candle display at the Amphitheatre.
This prompted an internet search as to Sámh – Suicide & Mental Health Society at UCC.
I am not one to heed their advice that it is good to talk. It is not in my make-up. I know and fully appreciate that what they say is true and my position is not the most self-rewarding.
The concrete that makes some of us is set too hard to allow change……..
More than once have I departed on my own tangent of the difficulties of trying to improve one’s Irish by reading streetsigns.
The inconsistencies of translation are, at least, challenging.
When in Fermanagh during the summer, I had the consolation that I only had anomalies in two languages and did not have to add Ulster Scots into the mix. Life is tough enough with two……
The History Show last evening had an interesting discussion on the Poppy including James McClean’s letter explaining why he did not wear a poppy - the poppy no longer represents just those who died in World War I and World War II, but also other conflicts.
He does mourn those who died in both World wars but has difficulty with other disputes and conflicts – particularly Northern Ireland. This brought to mind this monument in Kiltyclogher in Co.Leitrim which commemorates those who died in the Easter Rising, The War of Independence, The Civil War and also after that.
Those who survived the War of Independence substantially went on to be either the Pro-Treaty or Anti-Treaty side in the Civil War. Is it not reasonable, statistically, to assume that those who died in the War of Independence might also have been similarly divided?
After the end of the Civil War, some continued with the struggle for a 32-county Republic. The dead from the War of Independence and the Civil War did not have the luxury of taking a stand or position on the Treaty or end of an armed fight in May 1923. Is it reasonable to infer any such position upon them?
Does this plaque assume that had they survived the Easter Rising, The War of Independence and The Civil War, each of the men would have continued the fight which led to the deaths in 1938 and 1958? Does it assume as to the position that would have been taken by Sean MacDermott?
If one agreed with The War of Independence and The Treaty, but not the Civil War or the Republican Armed Struggle that continued thereafter, could one commemorate at this monument.
If one wished to commemorate the first nine men named on the monument but did not agree with the aims of the remaining five, could one do so at the monument or would one have to adopt a position similar to James McClean?
Earlier, I received the latest update from Rebel Cork’s Fighting Story.
They included a snippet from the Cork Weekly Examiner about a William O’Connell who died in 1920. I recalled this monument that I had submitted to Irish War Memorials.
My first thought was that the size of the monument did not correspond with the press coverage of the time.
But the memorial was probably not erected until some years after his death.
That got me thinking as to press coverage at time of death and time of unveiling monument, and possible reasons for change – I do not have any answer, just a thought floating about upstairs……
Yesterday I spotted this sign on Oliver Plunkett St..
I had not seen such a message previously. This may reflect on where I shop; how often I shop; or, maybe a changing society.
Other than bereavements, I cannot recall a sign advising that a pub or shop was closed for mass/service – differing priorities of religion.
No Such Thing As Bad Publicity - Chapter 16
Imagine what your sausage might taste like if the mix included 10kg instead of 1kg of salt; or even if it was cooked for one minute instead of ten – there are all within a range of ten units.
Most signs and plaques stating when a company has been established actually state a year.
O’Flynn's Gourmet Sausages are the only company that I recall who need a range of 10 years.
No Such Thing As Bad Publicity - Chapter 15
I will be under pressure to complete my challenge to myself.
During the summer, I did read a few books about The Blasket Islands including A Pity Youth Does Not Last – Micheál O’Guiheen and Island Cross-Talk, Pages from a diary – Tomás O’Crohan.
I asked of a number of friends with varying degrees of fluency and received a number of different suggestions:
I have seen it on Devonshire Street and can confirm that it is a water valve of some sort and that water has been leaking from it and a rate of pressure since Friday evening, at least. Irish Water’s website says that ‘Clean water is both expensive to produce and manage‘, but this expensive clean water has been flowing down the street and into the drain.
Not being put off by this, I phoned that Irish Water contact number and after some press this for that, I was speaking to, what I assume was a Abtran-operator who is passing on the available information as she reads from the computer.
No Leaks at Weekends
After my comment as to how customer unfriendly such a procedure was, that I was happy to pass on the details then over the phone but I would not be phoning any other telephone number, she took down details of the leak.
They need to learn from the fault-reporting system at Airtricity – a dedicated telephone number and webpage.
Removed from Reality
To think that some manager who prepared the brief for that section of the Customer Relations Software; the programmer who wrote it; and the Irish Water supervisory staff who tested it before passing it as fit-for-purpose, all thought that it was o.k. to have a different reporting system at weekends and, that it is reasonable to expect a member of the public who has taken time out to report a fault to be willing to take further time to write down and phone another number.
The clean water still flows into My Own Lovely Lee.
Jeffrey Donald Bedore
September 28, 1962 – April 21, 2012
Matthew Gerard Fitzgerald
September 5, 1996 – May 12, 2012
Similar to not knocking a grotto or not knocking a fairy fort, I don’t know of any memoriam card that has been put in a bin. In our house, some are on display, some in a drawer and others in books.
I had always considered them as having been issued by the bereaved family to friends and relatives as a memento. Until last April, when I passed some time in the church in Adare, Co. Limerick and saw two memorial cards left on a candle table, did I think of a memoriam card as a way of travelling the world and introducing the remembered to a new audience.
They are remembered here by me on All Souls’ Eve.
Old enough to have more sense - theoretically at least.
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