Taken by Broadsheet contributor Mike McGrath-Bryan over the weekend.
An area laid waste by recent business closures but ignored by gentrification, the Old Town area of the city has long possessed its own character. Though urgent economic assistance is needed for the area, she continues to show a resilience – typical of Corkonians in general.
A real character shines through, while the intervention of community group Reimagine Cork has given the place a touch of colour, with a DIY feel.
The Cork Vintage Map; various vintage proprietors pictured at Elizabeth Fort, in the city
In the run-up to the holiday season, the various Leeside purveyors of vintage fashion, vinyl records and various other antiquities are banding together to create the Cork Vintage Map, creating a trail throughout the city of retro gifts and goodies.
Writes Eilís Dillon of Records and Relics:
Over the past few years Cork City has become a hot spot in Ireland for all things antique and vintage, and those in the know like to keep it quietly under their hat! However that’s all about to change with the launch of The Cork Vintage Map, a free pocket map which is available in many of Cork City’s cafes, markets, shops and tourist spots.
The Cork Vintage Map showcases the best of Corks Vintage Shopping. On the map you can discover the best of vintage and vintage inspired clothing and accessories, flea markets, vinyl shops, antiquarian books, homeware, gifts and to complete the look, vintage stylists!
Cork Vintage Map is a collaboration between 13 vintage-inspired businesses, the collaboration includes an online map and physical brochure that connect the shops and lists information and tips to finding the best vintage in Cork City centre.
The Frank O’Connor library, in the Mayfield area of Cork city’s northside, has closed indefinitely owing to the failure of the building’s heating.
The library, which has also been beset by short-staffing issues in recent years, closed yesterday, with Cork City Council being able to offer very little notice given the nature of the issue.
Sinn Féin Cllr. Stephen Cunningham wrote yesterday online:
I just received information that the Frank O’Connor Library in Mayfield will be closed indefinitely from close of business today to carry out repairs. This is of much concern and I will be raising the issue with City Council management and the library services over the coming days.
Mayfield is an area that has long been deprived of the services and facilities needed to thrive. With no bank, very few services for the community and the ongoing staffing and investment issues with the library itself, I feel it is important that the funding required to carry out the repairs is provided immediately to ensure the library is re-opened as soon as possible.
I will post updates as I get them. In the mean time, it is my understanding the City Library on the Grand Parade will take book returns.
Irish rabble-rouser laureate Dave Lordan, he of the Bogman’s Cannon, has been busy on his latest opus: a collection of essays discussing Irish & international literature, multimedia and social change, entitled The Word in Flames.
It’s available exclusively as an eBook from Lordan himself, at the suggested donation of €10 (bigger or smaller accepted), with all proceeds funding an upgrade of his community-use media suite.
Writes William Wall, Author of This is The Country:
Every once in a while an organic intellectual pushes through, by sheer strength of will and intellectual capability, the dense network of disciplinary and punitive systems that are designed to control the working class. Such a person is rare in Ireland, because public life works to hedge around and make precarious the voice of the outsider who has not been to the right school or played the right games. Dave Lordan is one such voice.
The new video from Cork alt-rock/post-metal trio Ealadha debuted this morning, for single Hurricanes.
Premiering on Overblown.co.uk, the video was directed by Rob O’Halloran of Mint Video.
Writes Jamie Coughlan on the site:
“The track is centered around our innate ability to overcome life’s obstacles and to defy,” says Dom Murphy, front-man with Ealadha. “Touching on the themes of life, death and the creativity found in between, this video aims to match the transcendent, swelling rhythm and vocal content with its own complimentary story,” adds Rob O’ Halloran.
Ealadha’s debut E.P. Limit of Our Sight is available now on their Bandcamp.
The ECM Weekender – a festival of jazz and related visuals, now that the other big jazz weekend is out of the way.
Writes Tina Darb:
We are delighted to present our second ECM weekend, having worked closely with ECM in Munich to put together the concerts and films that make up this very special celebration of a label whose contribution to Music and to Culture is vast, and whose output and excellence is prodigious and truly unique.
Launching, and going, all next weekend at the Triskel Christchurch in Cork.
The Crawford College of Art and Design’s annual exhibition for its Masters in Art and Process (MA:AP) happens from next weekend at Sample Studios on Sullivan’s Quay, with a supplementary schedule of events around the city.
Vicky Langan writes:
Found in the Place of Origin will be the last MA:AP exhibition to be held in the soon-to-be demolished former FÁS building on Sullivan’s Quay which has been a vibrant hub of artistic activity in Cork city centre for the past number of years.
The exhibition title Found in the Place of Origin comes from a definition of residual clay. Like the organic material of clay, each artist’s individual work emerged from a combined experience of shared time and space. The exhibition is a beginning rather than an end, and marks the start of a new phase in the students’ artistic practices. This is why the students came to align themselves with clay as a series of residual deposits that collectively form a new entity.
A programme of events organised by the MA:AP students called Removed from the Place of Origin runs concurrently with the show. This Removed from the Place of Origin, references sedimentary clay that has drifted, been transported, enriched by other material and deposited in new places and in new forms. These interactions with selected audiences reflect the diverse range of dialogues and concerns that inform the works in the show.
Contributing artists are: Jackie Burke, Linda Curtin, Cat Gambel, Helle Kvamme, Vicky Langan, Maximilian Le Cain, Lynda Loughnane, Manuela Madeira.
The launch is Thursday the 24th, and features by Kevin Callaghan, a Cork-based ceramicist and arts practitioner. Exhibition stays open ’til December 9th.