Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Magic. And Easter Eggs at Lifetime Lab!

Magic. And Easter Eggs at Lifetime Lab!

Falconry, magic shows and make and do are just some of the activities on offer on Friday March 25th (Good Friday) at Lifetime Lab during the Easter Egg Challenge to support Bishopstown Primary Schools.

A fantastic family fun day out is guaranteed as children undertake a treasure hunt to solve clues on the way to finding a secret egg depot. The Easter Bunny has left an egg for everyone who completes the challenge and will bring friends to entertain on the day.

Lifetime Lab and Bishopstown Lions Club partner for the event with all proceeds going directly to local primary schools in the Bishopstown area. Mervyn Horgan manager of Lifetime Lab stated “We are delighted to be able to give back to the local schools which have shown great support to Lifetime Lab, last year over 1300 Easter eggs were handed out and we have lots of different activities that will suit all age groups. Local children’s entertainers are volunteering their time, everyone gets an Easter egg and local schools benefit financially”

The event has so far raised over €60,000 all of which is donated to primary schools in Glasheen, Ballinora, Curraheen, Farran and Bishopstown. Kieran Kelly  President of Bishopstown and Area Lion’s Club said “We are delighted to partner Lifetime Lab to raise funds for local schools in the area and extend our thanks Country Clean  for making the event possible this year ”

The Easter egg challenge will run from 10.00am - 4.00pm on Good Friday March 25th tickets are available online at www.lifetimelab.ie and participating schools and priced at €5 per child and adults free.

For further information, contact Lifetime Lab at: 021-4941500



  • Lifetime Lab Easter egg challenge will run from 10.00am - 4.00pm Good Friday March 25th 
  • Tickets are €5 per child, adults free and available online at www.lifetimelab.ie
  • All entertainers/staff  have donated their time free of charge for the event
  • To date over €60,000 has been raised with all proceeds donated to participating schools
  • Lifetime Lab is located at the old Cork City Waterworks on Lee Road and comprises of an interactive Visitor Centre, a steam centre, a schools resource centre, a coffee dock, a picnic area and a children’s playground and is fully wheelchair accessible. 

Thursday, 17 March 2016

The Blarney St Patrick's Day Parade 2016

Faces of Blarney 17.03.2016
The Blarney St Patrick's Day Parade 2016
Grand Marshal Con O'Riordan



Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Yesterday On The Old Youghal Road. A Long City Walk

Monday On The Old Youghal Road 
A Long City Walk
City centre, from high up on Patrick's Hill. Bridge Street is in foreground, then Patrick's
Bridge and Patrick Street.
On Monday last, I started in Mayfield. The dome of the sky was blue. There were clouds all around the "rim", some white, some grey. I walked past the famous Cotton Ball, past the new undertakers, then the library (of which I make great use!),
past St Joseph's Church, past the Three Horse Shoes, the National Tavern, to Dillon's Cross. Here, water meters were being installed and a mobile phone camera was in use as the crew went about its work. I carried on up the road and spotted this metal "decoration" on a small house. It also had another one of a horse and ploughman and also a clock.


This little house, across the street from the "decorated" one, has a plaque that states this "scheme" was opened
here in 1995 by our Lord Mayor Tim Falvey. City manager was Jack Higgins and the builder was Richard Falvey.

Collins Barracks. There is a very interesting museum here, entrance behind the "pillar" on the left.
The main gate to the barracks is further along. The old Cameo cinema used to be just across the road.
Having passed the main entrance to the barracks, and the Pitch and Putt entrance at
the other side, I came to the sports grounds of Christian Brothers College. The motto
Certa Bonum Certamen (fight the good fight) is proudly
reproduced on both sides of the stand in the school colours.


On first sight, I thought this may have been a left-over election poster.
But, no, just a sign for a unisex hairdresser.
Parking is free here and you may walk downhill to work.
Uphill on the way back though! But, of course, you
could get the bus to Audley Place (below)
This attractive flower-bed is where the bus turns at Lansdowne Court

So now, I was on the green space between Audley Place and Richmond Hill with a fine view of the city.
Immediately ahead is the North Cathedral (above)

Still snapping away as a car load of gardai chatted with a crew installing water meters nearby.
The iconic Shandon tower is on the left
Murphy's Brewery in the foreground with the Maldron Hotel
(formerly the North Infirmary) in the background at right.

A closer view of the Maldron

The "pyramid" atop the brewery's Kiln Bar fills the foreground
with St Fin Barr's Cathedral in the background.

Walked down Richmond Hill then, past the new building for
the students of St Angela's, though this pic is taken as I made my
way back up St Patrick's Hill.

Another view up Patrick's Hill. Tough going.
But I made it, even if Lance Armstrong ducked out of it!

The North Mon, old and new, in centre of this shot from Audley Place.

Shandon, with its little green park, from Audley Place

St Finbarr's College, Farranferris, from the CBC grounds

Farranree's Church of the Resurrection above St Finbarr's

Farranree's Church of the Resurrection

On the way home! The sun still shining.
Indeed, by now the blue had increased its share of the sky.