WASHINGTON STREET AND SOUTH MAIN STREET
Large old clothing store at 42 Washington Street, Cork, County Cork, Ireland.
Apparently there was an upper storey which was demolished as the result of a incident on the street on the 31st Of January 1999.
On the last day of 1999 Ms Aoife Bell (20), from Kerry Pike, just outside Cork city, was fatally injured when the parapet of two adjoining buildings in Washington Street collapsed and showered masonry on to the pavement below. As a result, the corporation served notice to vacate on the owners and occupiers of 16 properties in Washington Street. Among the affected buildings are drapers Mannix & Culhane’s, at the corner of Washington Street and South Main Street, and a bar, hairdressing salon and nightclub on South Main Street.
It appears that the roof of the building occupied by a company known as Cork Film Services became unstable early in the evening as some people were passing by. The collapse of the roof happened shortly before 5 p.m. and at 6.48 p.m., when the authorities were briefing the media on the on the street, a gas explosion occurred at a Chinese restaurant on the other side of the street.
My lens 70-200mm lens detached from the camera body as I was getting off the bus and hit the floor of the bus before falling onto the street, It did not perform at its best for the rest of the day so many of my photographs were substandard and unusable which was a pity as I have been unable to revisit many of the places that I had explored in August 2021. However, I have managed to reprocess many images to the extent that I can now publish them but some may appear over-processed or a bit strange.