I photographed this War Memorial in August 2021 but upon processing the images I discovered that the inscriptions were unreadable. I now have a different workflow and the text should be readable but that may depend on your device.
At the South Mall is a memorial to those Irishmen who died in the First World War. It was erected in 1925, and is one of the few example Irish examples of its type. Carved in relief on a modest limestone obelisk, sitting on a plinth, is the profile of a Munster Fusiliers soldier in full military uniform, head down, gun at rest. Each November wreaths are laid here to mark the anniversary of the armistice of 1918 at the end of the War.
LEAST WE FORGET
erected by public subscription under the auspices of the cork independent ex-servicemens club, in memory of their comrades who fell in the great war fighting for the freedom of small nations
1914 – 1918
“Greater Deed Hath No Man Done
“They Shall Grow Not Old, As We That Are Left Grow Old. Age Shall Not Weary Them, Nor The Years Condemn. At The Going Down Of The Sun, And In The Morning We Will Remember Them.”
1939 – 1945
“When you go home, Tell them of us and say For your tomorrow we gave our today
This memorial commemorates the residents of Cork who were killed or missing in World War I and World War II. Many such memorials were erected after the First World War. After the Second World War, the names of those who died in that war were also added to the memorial.
The Royal Munster Fusiliers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1922. It traced its origins to the East India Company’s Bengal European Regiment raised in 1652, which later became the 101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers). The Royal Munster Fusiliers were formed in 1881 by the merger of the 101st Regiment of Foot and the 104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers). One of eight Irish regiments raised largely in Ireland, it had its home depot in Tralee and served as the county regiment for Cork, Clare, Limerick and Kerry. At its formation the regiment comprised two regular and two militia battalions.
The Royal Munster Fusiliers served in India before the regiment fought in the Second Boer War. Prior to the First World War, the regiment’s three militia battalions were converted into reserve battalions, and a further six battalions were added to the regiment’s establishment during the war. The regiment fought with distinction throughout the Great War and won three Victoria Crosses by the conflict’s conclusion in 1918. Following establishment of the independent Irish Free State in 1922, the five regiments that had their traditional recruiting grounds in the counties of the new state were disbanded and the Royal Munster Fusiliers ceased to be as a regiment on 31 July 1922.
STREET ART ON THE GRAND PARADE IN CORK CITY ON A REALLY WET DAY
It should be mentioned that I have been aware of Frederick Douglass since 1964 because I had an American teacher who had been a missionary priest and had been a great admirer of Frederick Douglas and Susie King Taylor [the first African American Army nurse].
I included this photograph because of the following news item [31 July 2023] “A striking bronze statue of author, anti-slavery campaigner and early champion of women’s rights Frederick Douglass has been unveiled in Belfast city centre.” The lifesize statue was created by Scottish figurative sculptors Alan Beattie Herriot and Hector Guest. It is located beside the historic First Presbyterian Church in Rosemary Street where Douglass delivered lectures during his time in Belfast. I plan to photograph this memorial when I next visit Belfast.
Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1817 or 1818[a] – February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, during which he gained fame for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Accordingly, he was described by abolitionists in his time as a living counterexample to enslavers’ arguments that enslaved people lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been enslaved. It was in response to this disbelief that Douglass wrote his first autobiography.
Douglass wrote three autobiographies, describing his experiences as an enslaved person in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845), which became a bestseller and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855). Following the Civil War, Douglass was an active campaigner for the rights of freed slaves and wrote his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. First published in 1881 and revised in 1892, three years before his death, the book covers his life up to those dates. Douglass also actively supported women’s suffrage, and he held several public offices. Without his knowledge or consent, Douglass became the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States, as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
Douglass believed in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides, as well as in the liberal values of the U.S. Constitution. When radical abolitionists, under the motto “No Union with Slaveholders”, criticised Douglass’s willingness to engage in dialogue with slave owners, he replied: “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
This was once a Polish Shop at a time when Ireland was full of such shops.
Back in the U.S.S.R.” is a 1968 song by The Beatles (credited to the song writing partnership Lennon/McCartney but primarily written by Paul McCartney) which opens the double-disc album The Beatles, also known as The White Album. It segues into the next song on the album, “Dear Prudence”. The song was released as a single in 1976.
I tried to translate the information below but the Google translation did not make a lot of sense. Anyway, I did not notice the shop when I visited Academy Streetin May 2019.
I cam across the following description/review:
Niespelna miesiac temu powstal w irlandzkim Cork trzeci z kolei “ruski” sklep 🙂 o wdziecznej nazwie “Back in the USSR”- tyle ze nastawiony przede wszystkim na obsluge polskich klientow.
Ba, nawet na malym szyldzie zawieszonym zaraz przed szyldem “glownym” napisano wrecz: “Polski Sklep” (ten mniejszy szyld zaznaczylem na zdjeciu bialym kolkiem – niestety, jest on prawie nieczytelny). No, polski to on jeszcze nie jest. Obsluga jest – podobnie jak w dwoch poprzednich – rosyjskojezyczna 🙂 ale – juz znaczna czesc towarow znajdujacym sie w nim jest importowana z Polski. Natomiast jest to pierwszy w Cork sklep, ktorego wlasciciele chcac przyciagnac sporo potencjalnych klientow – Polakow, posluzyli sie haslem: “Polski Sklep”…
According to Google Translate:
Less than a month ago, the third “Russian” shop was opened in Cork, Ireland 🙂 with the graceful name “Back in the USSR” – only that it is focused primarily on serving Polish customers.
In fact, even on a small signboard hung right in front of the “main” signboard, it was written: “Polish Shop” (the smaller signboard I marked in the photo with a white circle – unfortunately, it is almost illegible). Well, he’s not Polish yet. The service is – as in the previous two – Russian-speaking 🙂 but – already a significant part of the goods in it is imported from Poland. However, this is the first store in Cork whose owners, wanting to attract a lot of potential customers – Poles, used the slogan: “Polish Shop”…
BACK IN THE USSR ON ACADEMY STREET IN [A POLISH SHOP AS IT WAS IN MAY 2011]
Because of unpredictable weather conditions I was not able to complete some of my projects and failed to photograph in detail many areas that I had intended to visit or had visited previously. For example I had intended to photograph St Nicholas’s Church.
The street “Nicholas Church Lane” is located in the southwest of Cork. It is about 45 meters long.
St Nicholas’s Church is a significant mid nineteenth-century Gothic-Revival Church, with much original fabric intact. Designed by Welland, with steeple by Atkins and transept windows by Hemmings. Built to replace earlier church on same site. Deconsecrated, and internal fittings and fixtures stripped out in early 1990’s.
The church is described as follows: “Detached Gothic-Revival Church, built 1850; formerly Church of Ireland, now closed and deconsecrated; having slate steeply pitched roofs and limestone roof to steeple, squared limestone ashlar walls, stepped buttresses and cut limestone verges, with open timber roof to gallery and timber panelling to Chancel; set in elevated site with graveyard, limestone ashlar gateways to Cove Street and to Nicholas Church Lane, cast iron gates, with overthrow to Cove Street gateway; currently undergoing renovation.”
On April 17, 1921, Constable John Cyril MacDonald, a twenty-eight year old single man from 31, Whirring Stone Road, Fulham, London was walking with a female friend along Cove Street when two men approached them, heading towards Barrack Street. As they passed, one of the men jumped on McDonald and pinned his arms behind him. The other pointed a revolver at him which he tried to knock away but was shot in the face. As he lay on the ground he was again fired at a number of times. As the men then ran off down Cove Street, the girl rushed to the fire station on nearby Sullivan’s Quay to summon an ambulance for the dying man. However, he succumbed to his wounds five days later. McDonald had been a soldier prior to joining the Black and Tans and had been in Ireland for four months at the time of his shooting.
This page is experimental in that I have used WebP format images in order to see if they work with WordPress.
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I photographed this ship three times during my visit to cork and every time I used a different camera, For this session I used an old Sigma Quattro DP1.
The Holland-class ocean-going patrol vessels are a class of four ocean-going patrol vessels constructed for the Royal Netherlands Navy. They are designed to fulfill patrol and intervention tasks against lightly armed opponents, such as pirates and smugglers, but have much higher level electronic and radar surveillance capabilities which are used for military stabilisation and security roles, short of outright war. Without sonar or long range weapons, they utilise the surveillance capabilities of the Thales integrated mast, which integrates communication systems and two 4-faced phased arrays for air and surface search.
The ships are able to monitor to 250 km (160 mi) range air, missile and UAV targets, and to 70 km (43 mi) range surface targets,using a Thales Integrated Sensor and Communication Systems (ISCS), comprising a SeaMaster 400 air warning radar, a Watcher 100 active phased-array surface detection and tracking radar (claimed to be able to detect small objects such as mines and periscopes on the sea surface at 40 km (25 mi) range). It has link 11 & 16 data links a mine detection sonar and an infra-red Gatekeeper/electro-optical (EO) warning system.
The sensor systems are housed in an integrated mast, also provided by Thales, called the I-Mast 400. Thales also built the satellite communications system for the ships.