Monday, 10 May 2010

CRAWFORD ART GALLERY 
The Crawford Art Gallery is by far the biggest in the city centre and well worth a visit. It has some fine rooms in which current and permanent collections may be seen. If you want a break, then it has a highly recommended cafe.


I visited this afternoon to see the current collections: one called Drawing to Forum, art from the Weltkunst Collection, and the other entitled the Cooper Penrose Collection (art and memorabilia of 18th century Cork).


The permanent collections include Paintings, Prints and Sculpture. The Paintings include 23 illustrations by Harry Clarke, Sculpture includes works by John Hogan while Prints/Other Media include pieces by Picasso and Miro.
You can see all the details at http://www.crawfordartgallery.ie


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TURNER'S CROSS STADIUM



TURNER’S CROSS STADIUM
Turners Cross, Cork, is a modern 7,000 capacity stadium with seating on the four sides of the ground and floodlight facilities. It is the headquarters of the Munster Football Association which runs football, under the Football Association of Ireland, in the province.
The compact ground, which boats an excellent surface, is the home stadium of Cork City Foras Co-op, the local national league team. It is also used for many local finals, from schoolboys to non-league adults. Most of these are held in May (see local press), some in April and June, and often provide good entertainment.
Some national non-league finals, such as Intermediate Cup and Munster Junior and Youths Cup, are held there and my most recent visit (yesterday) was for the national semi-final of the Oscar Traynor Inter-League championship between Cork and Clare.
Phone: 021 4311526

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Monday, 3 May 2010

BALLINCOLLIG REGIONAL PARK




BALLINCOLLIG REGIONAL PARK



River, streams and canals, trees (there is a beech walk), wide open fields, historical artefacts, tarmac walkways and rougher paths and even natural watering stops for the dogs are all at hand in if you take a walk in the Ballincollig Regional Park. Took an enjoyable stroll there for an hour or so this morning, from the car park at the Inniscarra Bridge side, and didn't cover half of it.
The river is the Lee and soon, if you take the riverside path, you come across the weir with a view of the bridge back to the west. Quite a few people were out walking this morning and fishermen were taking up positions.
Eventfully came to another big green space, with white blossoms spectacularly contrasting with the duller trees behind (the green buds are there, waiting to burst out), made a circle and turned back, this time taking in some of the playing fields where on one of the six pitches a schoolboy soccer game was in progress.
Back to the car park then and a look at the kids on the skateboard facility before heading home. The historical artefacts by the way belong to the Royal Gunpowder Mills and we really didn't get far enough to see more than one or two. That is another day’s walk.