I’m assuming everyone had places next to or near their childhood home towns that they always wished they could get into and have a look around. Never being much of a one for breaking & entering, I’ve always looked longingly at two imposing structures and wondered what lies within. Mostly nothing in one and mostly prisoners in the other, but you get what I mean. So this photowalk will bring us first to Spike Island via ferry from the picturesque town of Cobh. The prison on Spike Island was closed in 2004 and recently opened for walking tours.

From Spike, you’ll be able to see our next destination across the water. A scenic spin around the inner harbour (by car this time) will bring you to Fort Camden, very recently opened up to the public and having undergone an immense amount of restoration and de-crapification by a dedicated team of volunteers. To give you an idea, here are some photos I took last weekend.

If you intend on coming down to Cork for this extravaganza of abandoned buildings, book you hotel room in the city center now.

Update: 3rd August
A bit more thought has been thrown at this and considering the timing of access to each location and the distance that the two locations are from each other, I believe it’s best to give you even longer in Cork and split the 1 day of frantic photosprintery into 1 and a half days of more relaxed photostrollery. The below is what I propose,

Saturday 13th August
11:30am – Meet at the post office in Cobh. You’ll see it driving into the town. It’s a big yellow building on the right side of the road as you enter the town from the city direction. Tap N51 41.003 W8 17.698 into your GPS or look on google maps. Tickets for the Spike Island tour & ferry will need to be purchased in advance of the noon departure from Cobh.

2pm – The Spike Island tour will bring us back into Cobh no later than about 1:30 or 2pm and we can spend some time in & around Cobh taking photos, eating ice-cream, drinking pints or however else you like to spend your time.

3pm – The city center calls. A stroll around a couple of popular areas including Shandon and the English Market are forefront in my mind but the time is yours to explore by yourself, check in to your hotel, eat more ice-cream, visit sweet shops, drink more pints, whatever you wish. I’ve always been a huge believer in “we’ll decide on the day” group politics. It has yet to steer me wrong.

whenever pm – A casual spot of dinner followed by a short walking tour of some of Cork’s premier imbibing emporiums. I’ll be sending a quick email around to anyone registered to attend the walk in the coming days to get numbers for this. Attendance isn’t mandatory and if you don’t join us for dinner, you’re more than welcome to come for a drink afterward.

Sunday 14th August
noon – Meet at the entrance to Fort Camden in Crosshaven. It’s at N51 48.571 W8 16.865 google maps. Enjoy the freedom of a walk around the historic fort, marvel at the outstanding work the volunteers have done at cleaning it up. The fort is open until sometime in the afternoon so you’re free to wander about as much as your heart desires.

 

If you’re interested, say so below. As soon as I can confirm numbers it may afford more leeway with transport. If you intend on taking public transport to Cork for this event, please say so below too. There is always space in cars but it’s nice to get all those details worked out in advance.

 

16 Responses to Cork’s Fortifications, Saturday 13th August

  1. Fort Camden says:

    [...] What this all does mean thankfully is that I can now bring a photowalk group to see the fort, something which I’m planning for Saturday 13th August. If you’re interested, details are over on Photowalk.ie [...]

  2. [...] those that know me will know I’m anything but. A little appetite whetting in advance of the Cork photowalk thats taking place later this month. This, as the title suggests, is the English Market in the [...]

  3. [...] town of Cobh as seen from across the water on Spike Island. We paid a visit to Spike as part of the Cork Fortifications Photowalk and this is the view that greets you when you land on the pier. The old military base / prison is [...]

  4. nikondave says:

    Looking forward to seeing you all on the island

  5. Darren says:

    I’m in and hotel booked :)

  6. Fran says:

    Looks like I’ll be missing another great walk. Enjoy everybody. :-(

  7. Hoping to be there both days!

  8. [...] those that know me will know I’m anything but. A little appetite whetting in advance of the Cork photowalk thats taking place later this month. This, as the title suggests, is the English Market in the [...]

  9. Stephen says:

    In, but now I’ll seek permission!

  10. pullandbang says:

    Hotel is booked, batteries are formatted and cards are charged up……

  11. Denis Hogan says:

    This looks like it’ll be great! I’ll be there. Looking forward to it.

  12. [...] What this all does mean thankfully is that I can now bring a photowalk group to see the fort, something which I’m planning for Saturday 13th August. If you’re interested, details are over on Photowalk.ie [...]

  13. trishwalsh says:

    me too I’m there :)

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