Cork, My City by the Lee

I went for a stroll around Cork City today, and managed to get quite a few nice shots of the old buildings, the many churches, the hills on which the city is built, all looking down on the River Lee.   For those of you not familiar with Cork, the river Lee splits in two at the western end of the city, and flows in two channels, before meeting up again when it flows in to Cork Harbour.  These two channels form an island, and the city centre is on this island.   It can be very confusing for first time visitors to the city who do not realise there are two branches of the river, and making arrangements to ‘meet by the river’ doesn’t always work out!   By the way, there are over 30 bridges over the river (s) Lee around the city, and it takes about two hours to walk and cross over each one.

There are many churches and steeples in the city, and these dominate the landscape in a lot of views of the city,    One of the most famous steeple is Shandon steeple, which can be seen from almost every street in the city.   Shandon, which was built in 1722,  is in one of the oldest parts of Cork City, and is often called ‘the Four Faced Liar’ as the clocks on each side of it seem to tell a different time!   If you visit Shandon,you can climb up to the bell tower, and pull the ropes that operate the bells, which can then be heard all over the city.   There are charts of a few different tunes, so that the listeners are not deafened by some random notes booming out!

St Patrick’s Hill is a very steep hill that goes straight up from the city centre, but as you can see, the climb was worth it, and I got some good shots from there.

Dear old city by the Lee

What I would not give to be
Roaming home by your sunny hills and dales
Listening to those merry chimes
As we did in days gone by
When our hearts were full of liberty


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ledrakenoir
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 00:39:43

    Very interesting and inspiring writing and some very well captured photos too… 🙂



  2. KerryCan
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 10:43:09

    I haven’t been to Cork but this post intrigues me very much!



  3. Roy McCarthy
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 21:22:11

    Beautiful, you’re dragging me back Joan. My cousin, who died recently, lived right at the top of St Patrick’s Hill. My young daughter, on her one visit to Ireland, ripped her hands to pieces ringing the Shandon bells but still pronounced it the only thing worth doing in Ireland 🙂



    • joanfrankham
      Jan 23, 2014 @ 22:59:29

      The top of the hill is where I took a lot of those photos, I used to work with a lady many years ago who lived there also, and climbed up and down that hill to work in Cornmarket Street every day.



  4. socialbridge
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 17:06:19

    Reblogged this on SOCIAL BRIDGE and commented:
    I would like to thank Joan Frankham for submitting this post to my Festival of Bridges. It relates to the beautiful city of Cork here in Ireland which is blessed with many, many bridges.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Dale
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 17:49:05

    This reminds me of walking around Montreal, specifically along the Lachine canal where there are bridges galore bringing you from one side of the locks to the other. Lovelly…



  6. willowdot21
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 19:11:27

    Fabulous blog, fabulous city! xx



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