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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 30th 2016

Geo: 51.8979, -8.47111Yesterday, Phil went to class in the morning then we both went on the group field trip in the afternoon. The trip was to Cobh (pronounced Cove) and Midleton. We started with a thirty-minute drive to the Cobh Heritage Centre, and there received a welcome from the centre's administrator who gave us a brief orientation to the centre and some historical background on the town. Cobh was the last port of the Titanic and the exhibition does a good job of describing what it would have been like to be a passenger on the ship. With your admission ticket, you are assigned an actual person's story to follow throughout the exhibition. You might be rich or poor, male or female, traveler or crew, but each person's journey is described and their outcomes after they ... read more
Cobh, County Cork
Guide at the Jameson Experience
Whiskey Tasting

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 28th 2016

Geo: 51.8979, -8.47111Phil went back to class early and I slept in. When I was up, I found two of the maids working downstairs and asked them about using the washing machine. The one I saw and talked to first didn't understand English, but the other one stepped in and explained how to use the machines. The dryer was pretty simple and like the ones at home, but the controls on the washer were very different. I was almost finished with the laundry by the time Phil got home for lunch. We walked down to the Serendipity Café. For dinner, we ate at a little hamburger and pizza place on the corner nearest to the apartment and the eastern gate of the university. We saw Angie from England and Davina from New Zealand there, and they ... read more
View Out the Back of the Flat
Boole Library
University College Cork

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 27th 2016

Geo: 51.8979, -8.47111Philip and I both went to the workshop today. Registration was the first item on the agenda and I wanted to be there for it. I sat through the morning lectures, too, although it was often hard to understand the speakers. I haven't acclimated to the Irish lilt yet. It looks like there are thirty to forty participants in the workshop, and Lorna who is the coordinator also introduced some of the speakers and a few volunteers who will help throughout the week. She made a point of trying to get everyone talking to each other and said that Philip and I shouldn't sit together but spread out to meet others.We ate lunch in the student canteen down the hall from the lecture room. It was boring, but also cheap. Later we got on ... read more
St. Mary's Collegiate Church
St. Mary's Collegiate Church
View from the Gate of St. Mary's Collegiate Church

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 26th 2016

Geo: 51.8979, -8.47111We had our last breakfast in Kinsale and checked out of the hotel about 11:30. We hadn't moved the car since arriving on Thursday and got in to drive it back to the airport. We won't need a car while we are in Cork. During planning for the trip, I thought we'd do more touring around Kinsale while we were there, but we were content to walk to the sights nearby and skip the ones farther away.On the way back to Cork, we stopped in the village of Riverstick for a photo op in front of Allen's Bar and Lounge. I had seen it on the Google map photos before we left home and wanted to see it in person. It wasn't open then and did not have hours posted so we just took ... read more
Allens Bar and Lounge
Proud University
University College Cork

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 23rd 2016

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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork July 14th 2015

I started later than usual this year - felt very odd being in town for Canada Day and music festivals... The departure was a little dicey yesterday - remnants of storms in Western Canada delayed my first flight, but I had such a long layover it didn't matter. The flight from St. John's to Dublin damn near gave me a heart attack - we dropped or did something and the pressure went down. I felt like I was getting sucked down a drain. Very unpleasant. Needless to say, as per usual I didn't sleep on the plane. I did, however, manage to sleep most of the bus ride from Dublin to Cork. It was raining (shocker!), so I don't think I missed much. I was awake long enough passing through Dublin to see this giant creepy ... read more
Hello creepy Dublin man!
Accents of colour everywhere in Cork
Bright blue fire exit

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork May 18th 2015

Geo: 51.8979, -8.47111After a relatively quick stop in Killarney and a wander through Ross Castle we headed to the south of Ireland. DH was starting to zero in on the land of her people. With both of her parents immigrating to Canada from Liverpool, DH grew up thinking she was a product of the country that gave us fish and chips, and the Beatles. It was only in later life that she discovered that her grandparents had actually come from Ireland, and the Cork area specifically. Given the relative secrecy around her genealogy, I helpfully suggested that perhaps our start point for the shady family tree should be the nearest gaol (prison), and sure enough, Cork had one of the more infamous ones. The Cork City Gaol (although it's not common knowledge, it was often referred ... read more
It Doesn't Get Any More Irish Than This
Blarney Castle
Ross Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork May 5th 2015

Train to Cork was a bit of a nightmare. We had to go all the way back to Dublin before going to Cork because of works on the train tracks. We didn't arrive till about 10.30pm so pretty much went straight to bed. The next day was Blarney Castle day! A short but ride from the city centre brought us to the village and a short walk brought us to the entrance of the castle. However what we thought was just a castle turned out to be an extensive property with beautiful gardens. We started off by exploring the castle which was awesome! We climbed up this tiny, narrow staircase that spiraled up the castle. We saw rooms off shooting from the staircase and they led to other rooms. Without the signs I'm are we would ... read more
Blarney Castle
Fern Garden at Blarney Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork February 3rd 2015

Here are the pictures that I took during our weekend in Cork and Kinsale. The first few though are from a park in Waterford, I am just uploading them as well. Enjoy!... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork September 20th 2014

Hello everyone! So, last night in Cork was a blast. I walked downtown to E Sine (don't ask me how to pronounce it). It's a tiny little pub that has Guiness on tap. It was packed. But there is always one stool at the bar, and so I sat. In the corner five musicians played wonderful traditional Irish music. It was grand! Every once and awhile, one of the patrons would burst out in song. I sat next to an older gentleman who turned out to be a really nice guy and we chatted for several hours over several pints. It felt so good to laugh again after England...where if you sit in a bar, you sit alone. In Ireland they sing to a much different tune and readily engage in conversation. I should have taken ... read more

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