A Sunny Day in Cork City

6 Nov

Cork is glorious when the sun is shining, especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon when you have time to stop and take in the sights that you normally whizz by on your way from A to B.    The “Bike to Work” scheme has done wonders for the nation’s pedal power and there is no nicer way to see the city.  I love the dockland area on a Sunday; the ships are tucked in tight and the giant cranes have slowly creaked to a silent slumber.  The grandfatherly R & H Hall stands proud over the deep water port and the Art Deco silos can be seen from many vantage points in the city, defining the area and celebrating the long history of trade at Kennedy Quay.

The MV Julia (Cork-Swansea) Ferry is pulled into the docks, normally large ferries are never to be seen in this area – being moved further down to Ringaskiddy. The presence of the Julia adds another dimension and wills us to see the dockland area in a new, more usable light. The citizens of Cork long to get behind the locked Port of Cork gates and use and enjoy the area where the Cork Bonded Warehouses lie.  There is of course a new pontoon for boats and yachts to overnight in the City safely, which is nice to see but surely everybody should be able to enjoy this area which is surrounded by water on both sides.

The area could be developed little by little and not suffer the fate of celtic-tiger type developments like the Elysian – that have contributed nothing to the area.  Imagine if the money that was spent on the Elysian was put into developing the area where the Cork Bonded Warehouses are, a gorgeous terrace where you could sit and enjoy being by the water.  The old warehouses could be filled with artists and craft-workers, silversmiths and textiles – along with book-shops, bars and eateries.   Maybe someday…

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Continuing down the Marina if you take a right where it says “public walk” you arrive in Atlantic pond, this is a lovely sheltered area and even in the middle of November was warm and inviting, lots of people sitting around, reading newspapers and feeding the ducks and swans.

Blackrock Market is a popular place when the sun is shining, O’ Conaills Coffee dock gives free chocolate drops which go meltingly well with the creamy lattes.   Dee’s had a stall here when we started our veggie burger business a few years back and it is a great stop off point for walkers, runners and cyclists to refuel.

Blackrock Castle has been carefully restored and now houses a fantastic restaurant, although I haven’t eaten there, the menu left me suitably impressed and is on the list of places to visit soon.  Himself wanted to look through the telescope in the Observatory but unfortunately it is a research tool, but they do hold Guided evening astronomy sessions in association which take place monthly in the courtyard from September to May.  You can continue to cycle on to Rochestown on the cycle path but darkness was coming so we headed back towards the city lights.

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