Béal na Bláth Ambush Site



In 1922 at Béal na Bláth in Co Cork, a convoy carrying Michael Collins, commander of the national army was ambushed by anti-treaty forces.

From the Wikipedia page:

On 22 August 1922, during the Irish Civil War, Michael Collins, Chairman of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-chief of the National Army, was killed in an ambush here by the Ryan Agents of Holycross anti-treaty IRA forces while travelling in convoy from Bandon. The ambush was planned in a farmhouse in Béal na Bláth close to The Diamond Bar.[2] Commemorations are held on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of his death. A memorial cross (coordinates 51.81356°N 8.85651°W) stands at the site of the shooting on a local road 1 km south of the village which was a dirt road when Collins was shot. A small white cross marks the spot where he fell.

You can read more about his final journey here where I found the b/w photo of the officers at the the site.

The colourised photo was posted on Facebook a few days ago.

Union Quay, Cork


Union Quay, Cork sometime between 1900 and 1920 as posted here.

Cork College of Commerce would be built out of shot on the left bank while directly ahead is the School of Music. Is that building at the end of the left bank the old Suttons building?

Before Bishop Lucey Park


Bishop Lucey Park on the Grand Parade was a car park before. I have to admit I have no memory of this at all. Even though I always think of Bishop Lucey Park as “new” it was actually opened in 1985!

Photo by Pat Galvin, posted here where he says,

Pre Bishop Lucey Park. This was taken around the same time as Tony’s photo of the Grand Parade. We had a radio Station “Leeside” on the top floor of the Shamrock shop. There was a 12″ drop from one side of the room to the other, so rent was cheap.


Cork Docklands, 1990


Siobhan Russell took these photos of the Cork Docklands in 1990, and recently posted them on Facebook saying,

Taken up the top of R & H Hall, during my final year in the Crawford College of Art & Design 1990. Project on the Cork Docks.

The R&H Hall building still exists. I would love to get up there and get some photos of the city now! Looking the opposite direction to where Siobhan was you’d see something like the scene in the header image on this site..

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