Plain crane madness

Plain crane madness down at the pier in Balydonegan. For years there was a perfectly serviceable wooden crane. Anybody could use to lift out their boat preceding a storm or at the end of the summer season. This eventually was replaced with a galvanised steel crane which was equally effective but would last a lot more years due to its construction techniques. In fact it would probably still be there today. However some bright spark decided that what worked for decades was not good enough. Lets replace what works with a high tech hydraulic crane and its control box. Total price probably in excess of 100000 Euros.

So along came the engineers and the technicians to install this wonderful new crane. A local fisherman suggested moving the control box higher up than it was. He was ignored. Result after the first storm the crane broke down due to a flooded control box. Along came the clever technical guys and moved the control box to an extra added expense.

Next winter came along and smashed the whole crane into a broken eyesore. It no longer works and cost the tax payer almost certainly in excess of 100K Euro. Maybe they would be kind enough to come back and give the pier back its galvanised crane, that withstood all the elements could throw at it and only needed a bit of grease.

Plain crane madness

Plain crane madness
The crane today unusable with smashed control levers
Broken levers and cut hydraulics
The control box back from the pier
An example of the flooding


The storms this year were very bad but the crane has not been working for quite sometime. Actually for the months that it worked it probably calculates to 10000 Euros a month.

Short video of storm.

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Billy Griffin Artist

Billy Griffin Artist is located in Allihies on the Beara Peninsula, West Cork. He has been producing his art since he was 19 or 20 years old. Finger paintings is his speciality and he has had his fair share of success in Ireland and around the world. An interesting man o get to talk to as he has had such an interesting life. This short video gives an insight into how he works and thinks.

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Billy Griffin Artist

Billy Griffin Artist



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Heidi visits Allihies

Heidi visits Allihies for a second time this year, a great visit with the kids and Sam with an evening stroll to Balydonegan beach followed by supper and a movie. Next day spent at Tranfeerla strand, canoeing, rock sculpture making and of course swimming. Finished off with a small bit of pony riding for the kids on Salvador.

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Heidi visits Allihies

Heidi visits Allihies
Digging on Balydonegan Beach









Allihies Village
Allihies Village






Salvador the pony
Salvador the pony





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