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22 Jul

Pairc Ui Chaoimh

In h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / July 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a Gaelic games stadium in Cork, Ireland, home to Cork GAA. Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium is located in Ballintemple and is built on the site of the original Cork Athletic Grounds. The venue opened in 1976, and underwent a significant redevelopment from 2015 to 2017. You can view images of the completed stadium on http://paircuichaoimh.ie/

I’m used to large crowds in Pairc Ui Caoimh on sunny summer Sundays seeing Cork yet win another hurling or football game (the glorious ’80s and ’90s). In 2011 I was walking with my son around the Atlantic Pond was allowed into the stadium to have a wander around. I know Pairc Ui Caoimh was opened in 1976, so you could call it an old stadium but I was still amazed at how small and dark the changing rooms were.

01 Mar

SAP Walldorf Architecture

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / March 1, 2015 / 0 Comments

SAP Walldorf Architecture

SAP SE is a German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. SAP SE headquarters are in Walldorf, Germany and is home to over 14,000 employees in multiple buildings.

In this set I wanted to reduce the buildings to simple lines and patterns. The first photo (SAP building 21) provides you with an idea of what some of the buildings look like; the rest are somewhat abstract but still striking. By converting the photos to black and white removes further distractions and allows you to simply appreciate the simplicity of the lines and patterns. Run Simple is the new slogan of SAP and these photos do ‘run simple’.

SAP Walldorf building 21

SAP Walldorf abstract architecture

SAP Germany building

SAP Walldorf

SAP Walldorf walkway bridge

SAP Abstract

SAP walkway

SAP abstract architecture

SAP architecture

SAP Walldorf building 1

SAP building Walldorf

SAP Walldorf buildings

SAP Walldorf building 19

21 Nov

Grand Canal Dock Architecture Abstract

In b. Abstract/Arty,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 21, 2014 / 0 Comments

I recently had a luxurious stay in The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Dock in Dublin last weekend. The Grand Canal Dock has undergone major recent rejuvenation, now houses some exciting and eye-catching buildings, including The Marker Hotel and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

Both are very striking buildings and I was drawn to the lines and patterns in both. the first four photos are of the Bord Gais Energy Theatre (left)The last three photographs are of the side of the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, an (unknown to me) office building and The Marker Hotel, which has the black and white patchwork design.

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14 Nov

Lisbon Tram, Portugal

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

I have a very enjoyable weekend break in Lisbon, Portugal recently. A friend of mine, Micky T, was lucky enough to move over there with work and now enjoys 330+ days of rain free sunshine! I’d like to visit again and spend more time with my camera wandering around Lisbon; it’s an extremely old city but it home to a labyrinth of side-streets, old run-down buildings but also beautiful squares, a Moorish castle overlooking the city (Castle of São Jorge) and an old,but massively popular with tourists, tram network.

I didn’t get to take as many photos as I’d like to but I really like this; it captures tourists, the famous Lisbon tram, old buildings and street lights (and even a small bit of blue sky). Lisbon is a cheap, vibrant and even happens to be on the beach. Hopefully next year I’ll post again with more photos from my next photo.

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11 Oct

Inverted Skyscraper

In b. Abstract/Arty,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / October 11, 2014 / 0 Comments

The photo below is window cleaners washing a skyscraper in Barcelona, Spain. By inverting the photo I think it transforms the photo into something peculiar that challenges you and makes you wonder for a second what the picture actually is.

Skyscraper Window Cleaning

08 Aug

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / August 8, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Dome of the Rock is a shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock is now one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture. It has been called ‘Jerusalem’s most recognizable landmark’ and ‘the most recognizable landmark in all of Israel’

Dome of the Rock Jerusalem

27 Apr

Old Houses around Galway

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / April 27, 2014 / 2 Comments

Driving around Galway I’ve noticed a large amount of old, abandoned houses. Many of them are on the same grounds where the owners have built newer homes. Some appear to be in the middle of nowhere, hidden from the road behind a veil of overgrown trees.

As a project I decided to photograph a selection of the old, abandoned houses nearby Lackagh, where I live. This is the collage that I created; the first five houses are between Turloughmore and Abbeyknockmoy, the sixth on the N17 near Claregalway, the next two near Carnmore Cross and the last in Lackagh.

Old Houses Galway

27 Mar

Saint Finbarr’s cathedral, Cork City

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / March 27, 2014 / 0 Comments

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, (Irish: Ardeaglais Naomh Fionnbarra) is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Cork city, Ireland.
The photo to the left is taken from the back of Saint Finbarr’s cathedral and is one of the two ‘standard’ photos of Saint Finbarr’s cathedral that people take; the other one being from the front. The photo to the right is more unique and was taken from the very top of St. Patrick’s Hill.

saint finbarr's cathedral

23 Mar

Cork City empy like a ghost town

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / March 23, 2014 / 1 Comment

I drove into Cork City to catch sunrise last Sunday. I couldn’t find the perfect place to capture the sun rising but I did notice that the streets of Cork were empty, the city virtually deserted. So I tried to capture the main streets of Cork City empty, looking like a ghost town.

12 Mar

Claregalway Friary

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / March 12, 2014 / 1 Comment

Claregalway Friary

Yesterday I cycled to work instead of driving. As always I try to bring a camera with me whereever I go so I threw my compact into my rucksack. Everyday I drive past this ruined Friary in Claregalway and think to myself I should try to photograph it in the morning. But normally I’m driving on my way to work so don’t stop.

As the weather was perfect (blue sky, no shadows) and it was easier for me to pull I spent a few minutes and am very happy with the result.

Claregalway Friary

The Claregalway Friary is a medieval Franciscan abbey. Today, the abbey buildings and grounds are open to the public free of charge.
In 1538, forces under the command of Lord Leonard Gray ransacked and looted the abbey while on march to Galway. In 1570, Queen Elizabeth I granted possession of the monastery to Sir Richard de Burgo. In 1589, the monastery buildings were turned into a barracks under the administration of the English provincial governor, Sir Richard Bingham.

During the reign of King James, Claregalway Friary was given to the Earl of Clanrickarde. By 1641, the Franciscans had reoccupied the abbey, but the building was in poor repair and the community lacked the ability to renovate it. The burial grounds surrounding the building are maintained and still in use.

02 Oct

Inner City Dublin (Recession Blues)

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / October 2, 2013 / 0 Comments

Inner City Dublin has, what people call ‘character’. What can mean poorer areas with colourful, talkative characters and nice community spirit. Conways is/was on Thomas Street in Dublin city but looks like it’s been out of business for quiet a while. I’m not sure what kind of a business it was.

Inner City Dublin

Recession Blues is a BB King song.

15 Feb

Echo Big Wheel of Liverpool (The Big Wheel Keeps On Turning)

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / February 15, 2013 / 0 Comments

The Liverpool Big Wheel (The Echo Wheel of Liverpool) is located on the piazza outside the Liverpool Echo Arena and Convention Centre, close to the Albert Dock in Liverpool, England. Both the Big Wheel and the Liverpool Echo Arena and Convention Centre are partially in this photograph.

What appeals to me about the photograph is the sense of symmetry building and the Big Wheel. I added a graduated filter as the sky was a dull grey.

liverpool big wheel

The big wheel keeps on turning are lyrics taken from the timeless classic song Hymn of The Big Wheel by Massive Attack

15 Jan

Galway Cathedral (Push The Sky Away)

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / January 15, 2013 / 1 Comment

An old photo of mine of Galway Cathedral, with a simple filter applied (in Flickr’s built in photo editor). I really have to start using Adobe Lightroom and learn how to make little changes, such as ‘remove’ the light in the bottom-right-corner which is distracting.

Galway Cathedral

Push The Sky Away is the album title of the new album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, to be released in February 2013.

16 Sep

Well I entered into O’Malley’s Said, “O’Malley I have a thirst”

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / September 16, 2012 / 0 Comments

In Ireland the pub door is always open….taken from A Healy’s Bar in Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland.
Below the main photo is a photo of the entire front of the bar.

Post title is taken from Nick Cave’s O’Malleys Bar song from the album Murder Ballets.

12 Sep

You’re So Far Away From Me

In g.Colourful,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / September 12, 2012 / 0 Comments

Two skyscrapers in Calpe, Spain in love but destined to never be able to get together. Click on the image to view larger size.

Post title is taken from the song ‘So Far Away’ by Dire Straits.

10 Sep

New York I love you but you’re bringing me down (Twin Towers)

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / September 10, 2012 / 0 Comments

A cityscpae photograph that I took years ago of New York city with the Twin Towers in the distance.

Post title is the title of a song by LCD Soundsystem.

29 Jun

Cape Clear (Now ever since I was a child, I can remember that mansion on the hill)

In g.Colourful,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / June 29, 2012 / 1 Comment

Post title is lyrics from the song ‘Mansion On The Hill’ by The Boss, Bruce Springston. I thought it was by one of my favourite band The National but they just covered the song.

15 Jun

House On The Hill (Calpe, Spain)

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / June 15, 2012 / 0 Comments

Please click on the image to view a larger sized version which looks more impressive I think.

Post title; House On The Hill is a song title from Beach House, taken from their great debut album ‘Beach House’.

16 Mar

Won’t Be Back

Three boarded up houses on Bohermore, Galway City. I prefer the black and white photo but posted up the colour version as well, which one do you prefer?

This for me is a good example of finding a photograph in something mundane, a scene most would just walk past and not give it a second glance. Some boarded up houses, not very interesting? But looking and thinking as a photographer it’s a different world. Here I saw a reflection of the economy, a pattern in the houses and like the lines (straight lines rock!).

Post title ‘Won’t Be Back’ is a song title from ‘Recovery’ album by Eminem (Marshall Mathers). I think it fits very nicely to this photo as it portrays a broken home and poverty.

13 Mar

This is the coastal town that they forgot to close down

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / March 13, 2012 / 1 Comment

A selection of abandoned houses on a drive from Kilkenny to just outside Galway (150km journey). I’ve often observed old, abandoned buildings when driving along the roads of Ireland. Normally I’m with my family so I don’t have the opportunity to stop multiple times and spend time photographing. Recently I was in Kilkenny for a weekend and drove down on my own. So I took this opportunity to stop and shoot any old building I drove past.

It was quiet a ‘funny’ drive; I’d be driving along keeping an eye out, spot an old house, glance in my mirrors and if the road was clear do a u-turn, pull in (safely somewhere), jump out, snap-snap-snap, jump back in and turn around again and drive on. It was fun for the first hour or so but became quiet repetitive and tedious towards the end of my journey but interesting to see the different states of ruin. Eventually they’ll all end up a bare skeleton of bricks overgrown by greenery.

abandoned houses in Ireland

Post title taken from the timeless classic ‘Everyday is like Sunday‘, taken from Morrissey’s debut solo album ‘Viva Hate’.

11 Feb

Blue. Lines. In Galway

In f. Nature & Sky,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / February 11, 2012 / 2 Comments

I was driving in Galway on a clear day, spotted this stunning building with it’ very sharp, clear lines and pulled in to photograph it. I like the simplicity everywhere in the scene; rich blue complete sky and the apartments with concise straight lines. Kevin McCould, the architect from ‘that house building show’ would love it I’m sure.

blue lines

06 Feb

Walking in my Shoes

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / February 6, 2012 / 0 Comments

Now I’m not looking for absolution
Forgiveness for the things I do
But before you come to any conclusions
Try walking in my shoes
Try walking in my shoes

Photos from The Market Bar (where they do lovely and good valued tapas, in Dublin. I just had to take some photos of this stunning wall. The bar is like a hidden den; just a door on a wall in a busy market which leads into this massive, high ceiling venue.

24 Jan

Build High, Build High, I said Build High, Yeah, Build High

Part two of my photo series from a building site in Parkmore Business Park East, Galway City.





Part one can be found here

Blog title taken from the great Pixies song ‘Build High’.

23 Nov

Oh To Be, Oh To Be, Oh To Be A Rebel

In g.Colourful,h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 23, 2011 / 3 Comments

This is my second set of photos from Páirc Ui Chaoimh, home to Cork GAA hurling and football.
These photos some an empty stadium and shows the patterns and colours on the stand and terrace, which is normally hidden/covered by fans.
The last photo isn’t staged, Conor saw the flag, ran over and started waving it.

Here’s the link to my first set of photos from ‘The Park’ (Páirc Úi Chaoimh).

You’re always so calm and so cool,
Donal Óg just knows what to do,
Mulchay, Muphy, The Rock,
Will just play each minute on the clock.

Sean Og, Ronan and John,
They will just sting you along,
They’re just sheer class on the grass,
Rebels, we watch as they pass.

Gerry O Conor will leave you for dead,
Tom Kenny, he’ll fix you then
The attack starts all over again,

McCarthy wheels at you,
And Neil Ronan he knows what to do,
All they have to do is keep hurling at you.

Oh to be, oh to be, oh to be a Rebel,
We love ye Rebels, you’re so slick and so sharp,
We love ye Rebels with every beat of our heart,
We’ll follow Rebels all the way to Croke Park.

Lyrics taken from here, thanks to cathalosull21. It’s a slightly outdated song now but is from when Cork hurling was at it’s pinnacle (in recent times).

19 Nov

Let’s bring out the Liberty Bell (Shandon Bells, Cork)

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 19, 2011 / 0 Comments

I was originally going to delete this photo but the more I look at it the more I like it, the view from down a side street. The Shandon Bells (official name Church of St Anne) is the building with the clock in Shandon, Cork City. It’s known locally as the “Four Faced Liar” because each face (four clocks, one on each side of the church) show slightly different times.

Let’s Ring Out The Liberty Bell is a great song by Autamata

17 Nov

Limerick Inner City Life (Goldie)

In i. Black&White,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 17, 2011 / 3 Comments

This was taken from the 7th floor of The Savoy hotel in Limerick City. It’s a view of Limerick (or any city) that most people don’t see or, if they do, pay any attention to. It stands out to me as it’s the unseen side of a city, the ‘behind the scenes’ part without any shiny shopfronts.

On a vaguely related note I always pay attention to the condition of the toilets in any establishment. Sometimes you have an extremelly fancy restaurant/store but the toilets are very basic or even dirty. Which my mum always said to me is a reflection on the establishment overall. If they can’t bother to keep the toilets clean how can you trust them with the hygeine of your food, after sales service etc.
The second photo is just the original cropped and in black and white. I couldn’t decide which I preferred so I posted both.

09 Nov

Where We Sported And Played- Pairc Ui Chaoimh

In h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 9, 2011 / 2 Comments

Pairc Ui Caoimh stadium, home to Cork GAA

Pairc Ui Caoimh a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) stadium in the Ballintemple area of Cork in Ireland, where major hurling and Gaelic football matches are played and home of Cork GAA. Pairc Ui Caoimh had an original capacity of about 50,000, however, this capacity has been progressively reduced because of safety regulations to the current figure of 43,500.

I’m used to large crowds in Pairc Ui Caoimh on sunny Sundays in the summer and seeing Cork win another hurling or football game. I was walking with Conor, my son there a weekend over the summer and was allowed into the stadium to have a wander around. I know Pairc Ui Caoimh is an old stadium but I was amazed at how basic the changing rooms are (see 2nd last photo).

12 Oct

Let’s Drink, Drink, This Town Is So Great!

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / October 12, 2011 / 2 Comments

A few photos from some pubs around Ireland; The Outback in Limerick, Neachtains (Tigh Neachtains) and The Crane Bar in Galway City.

19 Sep

Orange Wedge

A slightly abstract photo of the Galway Hooker sculpture in Eyre Square, Galway. The sculpture on its own looks odd, just a load of red/orange metal bits stuck into the ground. But when you realise that it represents the sails of a boat/ship then it’s something that you can put into context and it stands on it’s own as a piece of art representing old Galway.

06 Sep

(The G Hotel, Galway) Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of…

The G hotel is Galway’s only 5 star hotel. It was designed by Irish milliner Philip Tracey it oozes of luxury, modern design and is great to relax ‘away from it all’.

One of their main features in the hundreds of metal balls hanging from the ceiling in the main lounge room. It has floor to ceiling glass and overlooks Galway Bay. These are what I focused on here but I had to throw in one colour photo to show how loud, in-your-face one of the other rooms is (I call it the Alice In Wonderland room).

02 Sep

Inner-City Life, Inner-City Pressure

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / September 2, 2011 / 0 Comments

Taken in Dublin City, Ireland.

14 Jun

Hymn Of The Big Wheel

Hymn of The Big Wheel

taken at Funderland, Galway

13 Apr

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral (Grace Cathedral Park)

In i. Black&White,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / April 13, 2011 / 0 Comments

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral is situated in the centre of Cork City, Ireland. Designed by William Burges and consecrated in 1870, the Cathedral lies on a site where Christian worship has been offered since the seventh century.

St. Finbarrs

Grace Cathedral Park is a song from the album Red House Painters (I) from Red House Painters

13 Feb

God’s Hotel (Galway Catherdal)

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / February 13, 2011 / 0 Comments

Situated on the banks of the River Corrib in Galway city, Galway Cathedral is the most recently built of Europe’s great stone cathedrals. I didn’t have a tripod so had to balance my camera on the roof of my car.

20 Nov

I’m From Barcelona

In f. Nature & Sky,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 20, 2010 / 1 Comment

Taken from the amazing rooftop of Casa Mila, Barcelona. Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia is on the left and Torre Agbar skyscraper on the righton the right.

Barcelona skyline- old and new

Placa Catalunya, Barcelona

Gaudi's Casa Mila

Roooftop vents on Casa Mila, one of Gaudi\’s designed buildings in Barcelona, Spain.

casa mila rooftop

10 Nov

Harrods (The Good Old Days)

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 10, 2010 / 3 Comments

Harrods

Harrods. Probably one of most famous shop in the world? To me Harrods is anyway. Maybe Macys and Hamleys are up there with it but Harrods has the element of style, Harrods oozes class and the wow factor.
When I was a child I used to visit my cousins in London and always looked forward to a trip to Harrods, watching with awe the magician and playing amongst the many, many toys.
In this Harrods photo I photoshopped out some cars and bits n pieces to try to make it look like Harrods from the past. I added the second photo to show what the original photo compared to the photoshopped version.

Harrods in the good old days

The good old days

The Good old days in the post title ‘Harrods (The Good old days)’ is a song from the album ‘Up the Bracket’ by The Libertines.

18 Oct

London Town

In f. Nature & Sky,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / October 18, 2010 / 2 Comments

I took this photo taken from the eighteenth floor of The Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London. The London Eye glows like a ball, which stands out I think. The exposure was 10 seconds and I used the windowsill as my tripod.

London night skyline

21 Feb

In The Rare Old Times (Galway)

In a. Galway,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / February 21, 2010 / 0 Comments

Galway Hooker monument in Eyre Square, Galway

an old window in Galway, Ireland

an old thatch cottage in inner city Galway

This is just a model of the Claddagh in the Galway Museum. I just added it in as an example of what old Galway was like.

Old Galway- the Claddagh

15 Feb

Windowsill (Old Ireland)

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / February 15, 2010 / 0 Comments

holy statues in a window in a Cork City house.

02 Feb

Back to the old house. I would rather go (Ballymaloe)

In k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / February 2, 2010 / 0 Comments

Ballymaloe Restaurant and Country House, home to Darinna and Rachel Allen. It’s a location made for relaxation- the bedrooms don’t have any televisions, nothing to do but just unwind, have a stroll and eat.
Some friends, Ronan and Cliona got married here last year, a memorable wedding.

Ballymaloe Country House, West Cork Ballymaloe Country House in West Cork, Ireland
17 Dec

Oh Manchester, so much to answer for (Old Trafford, Manchester United)

In h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / December 17, 2009 / 0 Comments

I took this (with a standard compact) on a tour of Old Trafford (Theatre of Dreams), home stadium to football team Manchester United. I found it a very interesting tour. But then again I enjoy football stadium tours in general because it allows me to ask multiple questions and you get to learn some interesting trivia and facts ( the rainwater that falls on the roofs is ‘recycled’ and used for the toilets).

08 Oct

Boatman’s Call (Dunmore East fishing memorial)

In i. Black&White,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / October 8, 2009 / 0 Comments
A memorial sculpture to all those from the area lost at sea from Dunmore East and surrounding area

A memorial sculpture to all those from the area lost at sea from Dunmore East and surrounding area

05 Oct

Scottish Windows

In g.Colourful,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / October 5, 2009 / 0 Comments

Tatched roof

01 Oct

Things Will Be Great When You’re Downtown (A rare smile in the recession)

Smile, soon you'll be demolised and turned into apartments

Smile, soon you'll be demolised and turned into apartments

29 May

Go To Church/Never Went To Church (Gawlay Cathedral)

Christopher Columbus prayed here in 1477 before setting sail for 'the New World'

Christopher Columbus prayed here in 1477 before setting sail for 'the New World'

26 May

Nobody’s Home

Reminds me of negative photos in the old days....

Reminds me of negative photos in the old days....