Port of Cork Walk

 Jostle furniture - iron piece protecting corners of walls from cart wheels

 My motorcycle broke down on the 12 June 2009 so I decided to walk from Silversprings Hotel, Lower Mayfield along the eastern approach road along the Lower Glanmire Road to the city centre. In my knapsack was a camera-I snapped the following on route – the city is certainly one with multiple views and narratives about landscape, place and memory.

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 Ideas of place…

Creativity…

Colour…

Shapes…

Architecture…

Belief systems…

generations…

traditions…

the port and its working

Identity…

Memories…

” Here is sense of place and direction,

A road carved out of a river bank,

an ancient approach road developed in the nineteenth century with the railway line,

the river route revered by its rowers conjures a sense of beauty and pace, a space harnessed by rowers and big ships, the wash is imminent,

the sense of expectation approaching the city – the higgely pigglely settlement” (Kmc).

 

 The river as a routeway and port in a natual setting…

Looking down, Tivoli

 

A natural heritage, for the most part forgotten – a whole heritage waiting to be harnessed…

Natural heritage, Pigeon

 

Tivoli, built in the late 1920s, an iconic loading and unloading, blackrock village in the background, a place with a rich fishing village heritage… 

 

Docklands and Blackrock Village

 

Again the natural setting here is alluring and brilliant – Port of Cork and the spire of St. Michael’s Church, Blackrock…

Tivoli and St. Michael's Church, Blackrock

 

A sense of direction is always good even if one is snapping…

Signage

 

 From Silverpsprings Bridge – a pilgrimage in action…

Silversprings view

 

Graffiti – alot of attention paid to create this – the artist’s initials are bold as his statement on this part of the urban landscape…

Graffiti

 

Entering the Port of Cork garden, opened in 2000, this pier struck me a remnant of a golden age…

Pier, Port of Cork Garden

 

 Rowing on the Lee, three rowing clubs on the River Lee – a fantastic amenity space, rich in potential…

Rowing on the Lee

 

 Fallen memories…

Broken down pier, Port of Cork garden

 

 Upholding the present – reflections of a time gone by…

Pier beam, Port of Cork Garden

 

A fine summer’s day and a fine stretch of water…

View from Port of Cork Garden

 

 HM Smith, Bollard, coming and going…

Smith bollard, Port of Cork Garden

 

Sculpture in Port of Cork Garden called Eden – where it all begins…

Eden, Port of Cork Garden

 

 Close-up of Eden statues…

Eden, Port of Cork Garden

 

 Cork Coat of Arms resting…

Cork Coat of Arms, Port of Cork Garden

 

Walking on…walls and roads

Lower Road view of River Lee

 

Through the trees…

Through the trees, River Lee, Lower Road

 

Cloud and colourful reflections…

 Gorgeous, River Lee, Lower Road

 

Ornate railway bridge – marvellous floral and ironwork design

 

Railway Bridge

 

Do not touch, “higgley piggley” architecture – brickwork

Brickwork

 

Docklands narratives – so many shapes set within a rich natural setting…

Narratives, Lower Road

 

Looking back, the Marine and modern intervention – our need for communication and energy in the modern age…

Looking back, Lower Road

 

Summer bloom…

Colour, Lower Road, Cork

 

 Framing the rower – great timberwork – great to see the tradition of fishing still active on the Lee…

Framed, Boat on Lee

 

 Sandstone rock – the bedrock of the northern part of the city, giving a geological identity…

Sandstone rock backdrop, Lower Road

 

FC Fire call – Mid nineteenth century sign telling the viewer is a building was insured…

FC Fire Call, Lower Road

 

Lower Road – Up and down…

Layered, Lower Road

 

 Cobbled spaces- space by space…

Cobbles, Lower Road

 

 North Docklands space – area proposed to be revamped…

North Docklands Area

 

 Ornate bollard looking towards ESB Marina Station…

 Ornate bollard to ESB station

 

 The natural setting, a powerful scenic tool…

Street narratives, Lower Road

 

 The grain silo towers, a immense space with a huge attitude, one due to be transformed but care will have to be applied…

Pillars of steel, Cork docklands

 

 The Elysian tower, Cork’s empty symbol of economic recession with docklands machinery…

Elysian Tower and Docklands

 

 

 North docklands Area, walking along – great random rubble masonry space…

Limestone and sandstone, North Docklands

 

 

 Port of Cork sign and the Elysian – so much trade went on here in the past – these are ghostly spaces to all those that worked the former ships here…

Elysian tower

 

 Early twentieth century ESB box, ornate and from a different age of city demands…

Early twentieth century ESB box

 

 Montenotte from Railway street – such a fantastic layered landscape…

View, Railway Street to Montenotte

 

 Former Cork- Dublin Terminus – everything changes, nothing remains the same…

Old Cork-Dublin Terminus

 

 Former Cork Steam Packet Office, penrose Quay – where the tickets for the steamships were sold to passengers, quay named after the Penroses, a merchantile merchant family…

Cork Steam Packet Office

 

James Beale memorial – father of Cork’s steamship industry…

James Beale memorial

 

 King George slaying the dragon – one of Cork’s most elegant sculptures adorning the top of the Steampacket building…

George and Dragon, Former Cork Steam Packet Office

 

Listening to the stories of emigrants, the Listening Posts, Penrose  Quay…

Listening Posts, Penrose Quay

 

My favourite view – a city built into its natural setting from the marshland to the top of the hill to Gurranabraher…

North Channel narratives

 

The Cork Bonded warehouse – the closed doors of heritage…

 Bonded Warehouses

 

 Reflections – gorgeous architecture…great buildings…great spaces and places…

 End of North Channel