Neil visits Balydonegan

Neil visits Balydonegan Strand on a wet and windy January day to try out his new video camera in the car thanks to “le Parrain” Jean-Luc Raffa. A nice windy walk along the beach was great for Butter our dog to get out of the house and have a run. The old copper mines pier is very visible after many years thanks to the big storm that we had earlier in the month, which created lots of damage throughout Ireland.

Neil visits Balydonegan

neil visits balydonegan

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The weather continues with big seas so another set of snaps in the same post as it is the same subject. Sunday 26th of January 2014.

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Rue du Canal

Rue du Canal appeared in the Allihies Copper Mine Cafe on Thursday 23rd January. Rue du Canal was created as a vehicle for performing the compositions of legendary French accordionist Serge Desaunay.

While mainly concentrating on compositions by Serge, Rue du Canal also traverses the musical styles of musette and tango. Other members of the group include Ray Barron (Two Time Polka) on mandolin, Kieran Fahy on fiddle and Gaspard Vanardois on guitar.

A fine evenings entertainment. A shame the lads could not come to Jimmy’s bar afterwards they had to push on through the gap, and back to Cork.

Rue du Canal

rue du canal

Gaspard Vanardois

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Serge Desaunay

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Kieran Fahy

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Goula Beara Cork

Goula Beara Cork, a walk to take some photos and generally enjoy the “360” degree view from the top. Not a bad day in January for a walk. I did not want to drive to Hungry hill so I could save on the petrol, sorry to Paul O’Shea about that. Goula has a great view from the top overlooking Dursey Island. You can also see, Bere Island, Calf Rock, Cow Rock, Bull Rock, the Skelligs, Scariff and Deenish Islands from the top and the town of Castletownbere the biggest white fish port of Ireland. Today was not perfect but for this time of year a nice couple of hours if a bit cold on top, especially when you stop to take photos and make a short film. There is a link at the bottom of this page to the video on youtube….

Goula Beara Cork

goula beara cork

Looking towards Garnish and Dursey Island

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Twisting track up to the Boosters on top of Goula

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Bere Island

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Balydonegan Bay

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Bull Rock, Cow Rock (just about) and the Calf Rock

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Black Ball Head

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Castletownbere

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Allihies

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Skellig

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Allihies Copper MineĀ  “Man Engine”

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Scariff and Deenish Islands

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Boosters on top of Goula Beara Cork

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Another view of Allihies

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Urhan valley

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Bere Island in full

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Evidence of Turf Cutting

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Allihies was a major copper producer in the 1800’s and for a short while was the worlds largest producer of copper ore. There are many remains of Cornish mine engine buildings, and hundreds of meters of mine adits and shafts. There is also a very good museum. check out the link Allihies copper mine museum

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