To many, or even to all but very few, this building on Leitrim Street might appear to be an old shop where the signage has been painted over.
I was walking past last month and the light was such as to help make out the ghost that was lurking behind the numerous coats of bright white oil paint.
John Spillane’s album, The Man Who Came in from The Dark, is regularly played in our car. Our nine year old has the words of The Sirius and others learnt off at this stage.
My own favourite is Prince’s Street where John Spillane and Cónal Creedon combine. On Cónal’s grandad’s scove from Blackpool into town, ‘he’d know then he was on the right track so he put his hands into the pockets and whistle, whistle all the way from Poulraddy Harbour to Home Farm Stores, eyes wide shut.’
Youtube only has the two separate components. The combined effect is well worth the purchase.
The Home Farm Stores may have closed down many years ago but it is still there in word and song – and as a ghost that can be viewed in a certain light.
Go on. Take a stroll past to spot the ghost.
Murphy’s Stout has now been uploaded to the Old Ads section - HERE
This includes quite a number of old moulded plaster signs which I do very much like.
Today, I spotted the old shop front revealed on Pine Street.
Its replacement, Out of Afrikai, can be seen in my montage of Derelict Cork.
I noted some building work being carried out so maybe C. Johnson & Co may not be around for very long.
I really need to get my head straight with regard to old signs, ghost signs, and signs of the previous occupant. I think this is an old sign – not a ghost sign. My head is inclining towards restricting a ghostsign to one that remains after the business moves on a new business operates from the building.
An Old Sign or a Ghostsign?
When in Dublin on Saturday, I spotted this old sign on Kevin Street. It was so very much highlighted by the modern An Post signage elsewhere on the façade.
Checking the web, there are photographs with modern green signage on the shopfront – Indy Kev ;and, Irish Mirror in August 2015.
To my understanding, it is not a ghostsign if the business still trades from the premises so there may need to be another classification to deal with signs that come back into appropriate use.
Another question to self with no answer.
Previously, I commented on the use of the word ‘Fancy’ in old shopfronts in Liscannor and Mallow.
In Amiens Street in Dublin last week, I spotted a reference to ‘Fancy Cakes’.
Maybe it is a sign of getting old when those cakes that were once fancy and exotic are now plain and everyday; cakes that were once a treat are now on par with a scone; cakes that contained cream that tasted a luxury rather than homogenised or fake.
Beam me back, Scottie
Oh for a real fancy cake……
The Cork Coat of Arms has the motto Statio Bene Fida Carinis which translates as ‘A Safe Harbour for Ships’. Most of it is on two separate plaques on a building in Dublin.
I have seen former churches converted into Museum/Display Centre use, Houses, Hotels and Concert Venues among other uses. In Mary St, Dublin a church was converted to a bar and restaurant.
I have heard of many pubs closing down. I think that I had only seen the buildings turned into shops or residential but I had never seen a pub converted to a church– until my recent trip to Co. Roscommon, that is.
Google Maps shows a Guinness sign in 2011 – where the Grace Community Church sign now hangs.
This ghostsign has only recently been revealed. It looks like the stripping of the blue paint remains ongoing.
I spotted ‘Provisions’ yesterday and have tried to find out some more information but unsuccessfully.
In 1863, Mary Quinlan operated a Seminary for Young Ladies – so is unlikely to be the source of provisions. Brian McSwiney was a clerk operating from there in 1850.
By 1897, William Wheeler operated as an Ink (Writing) Manufacturer. In 1913, Michael Ryan has a Furniture supplies company in 35 and 36 King Street so maybe the source. He was still there in 1921, House Furnishings Warehouse. In 1935, Michael Ryan still traded from there – although King St had become MacCurtain Street. 1945 still finds them there.
This brought me to the end of online directories so Michael Ryan remains the best guess as source of the ghost.
Something else has now been added to the list of things for which the eyes are to be kept open.
And to think that Hugh Jordan remains in big painted letters. It should really be a protected structure to bring a smile to those of us wishing to be brought back to teenage years.
I suspect that this counts as a ghostsign.
It is on the fanlight over the door to a doctor’s surgery but the fanlight has been covered over externally, so one can only read the message in negative.
Interesting that 5 digits were sufficient for all Cork numbers – a huge increase from three digits.
Wikipedia defines a ‘ghostsign’ as an old hand-painted advertising sign that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. The sign may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner.
Last week I saw some tweets about ghostsigns in Cork and elsewhere so it prompted me to create a tab for ghostgigns on the blog and go back through all old blog posts to add the tag where appropriate – here.
I have extended my tag definition to include old signs of plaster and other material on buildings which no longer have the use or ownership advertised.
This prompted me to upload some ghostsigns from Cork that I have not shown previously.
Earlier, I spotted on Photos of Cork, an old photograph of the Swan & Cygnet at the start of Patrick’s Street.
It reminded me of the old signage for the bar which still hangs in Cork – a bit distant from the original location.
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