I’ve been searching through some photographs I took in Cork City earlier in the year and managed to find some I hadn’t already included in a Thursday Doors post. As we’ll be moving house soon, I’m confined to quarters sorting and packing so I haven’t been able to get out on any ‘doorscursions’ this week – we emptied the attic yesterday. I heard that groan of sympathy you let out. You’ve obviously been there and done that, so you know what a pain it is finding items you were sure had been donated to the charity shops years ago. Worse still, you end up putting them in the ‘might-be-worth-holding-onto’ pile, which always seems to be three times the size of the ‘definitely-must-go’ one. I thought this photo was very apt, seeing as I’m in the process of a house move.
I like the Art Deco design on the pillars. The next image has pillars, too, which made it a bit of a challenge to get a clear view of a door – especially as this was a ‘drive-by’ shot from the car. It’s the entrance to St. Mary’s Church on Pope’s Quay (very appropriate address for a Roman Catholic church). The building dates back to 1832. If you look closely, you’ll see a man’s face on one of those doors. I have no idea who he is or why he’s been put there.
There are lots of old buildings with pillars and arched windows to be found in Cork City.
In contrast to the grandness of pillars and arched windows, many of the entrances to the older retail premises are plain painted wood. I like the look of the clothes shop below as it still retains that image of the drapery shops of my childhood. The kind that sold everything from a tablecloth to a Sunday suit for the man of the house. The Irish phrase over the door to this clothes shop translates as ‘Welcome in. The Best Men’s Clothes in Cork’ (they sell women’s clothes too) and it’s a long established family business. John Mannix, the owner, is an expert fitter. His father opened the store in 1928 and Mr. Mannix has been running it since the 1950’s when he was 19 years old. It’s great to see it still going today and still in the same family.
When you look through the railings to the other side of the river, you can just about make out the large doors of converted warehouses and above them some lovely arched windows. That spire you see to the right belongs to the Trinity Presbyterian Church, which has been used for worship since its completion in 1861.
If you think it is leaning to one side, you’d be correct. From the angle of this shot you can’t see it very well but there’s a distinctive kink in the spire. Now, there are two versions of the story as to how it got there; either the workmen did this deliberately to spite the architect or it was an accident through drunkenness! I quite like the idea of a bunch of well-oiled stonemasons looking up at their handiwork at the of the day and arguing over which of them put that block in the wrong place. You might see the kink better in this image from the Cork Heritage Open Day website. The longer I look at it, the more it seems to lean.
Thanks for stopping by this week and if you fancy checking out more Thursday Doors, have a look at Norm’s blog (he’s the originator of Thursday Doors) and click the blue link at the end of his post.