Ireland, Ring, South West Cork.
Ireland, and a quiet, quite delightful little Ring.
A treasure in South West Cork.
Ireland, wherever you go the terrible beauty of it. Scenic and picturesque, a quiet, quite delightful Ring in South west Cork.
When I consider all the trials that I and my family have been through.
Albert Einstein once said, ” In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.”
Then again Friedrich Nietzsche said, ” Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.”
Now I am more confused than I ever have been before, but the moral of the story is between those two quotes somewhere. This is just going to be a short epistle of our time here in the Emerald Isle and where we ended up and is largely due, in my opinion, to having an ability ( however small ) to think for oneself and not follow the crowd. It lead us to;‘ A quiet, quite delightful little Ring.’
I cherish your opinion.
My family and I were a farming family who lost everything in Mugabe‘s infamous land grab. I’m not going to dwell on that except to say, that we had already done enough in our lives to be considered reasonably successful people. But now we had to start again from the bottom in a new country and culture which by and large was foreign to us and with next to no money. However because of my experiences, I considered myself to have some experience of how money works.
We had no option but to rent housing,( we lived in three different ones ) up until such time as we established ourselves despite the fact that I considered this throwing money against the wind. However through all this it was our quest to have something which was ours again. Another farm was just not economically possible. That left a house and we looked at thousands while ‘ working away ‘ as the Irish say. In my opinion the asking prices were ludicrous.
My argument was, ” look it costs so much per square foot to build a house,” and I refused to follow the argument of the boom at that time. Sure I understand that certain areas have a higher value but that doesn’t mean in those areas, it cost more per square foot to build the house. In other words a three bed 900 square foot terraced house ( in town ) is worth more than a 2500 square foot four bed detached house three miles out.That’s nonsense. No one would listen to me and my wife was going ” nuts ” not having her own place. Then one day she drove to Ring and chatted to a builder who was knocking up a couple of houses.
Everyone from lawyers to estate agents told us we were nuts to even contemplate that mess. However that was what I was relying on, it WAS a mess and that told me we might be able to drive a bargain and the longer it stayed a mess and put people off the happier I was. Moreover the mess as such, I knew that I could personally clean up in two days with a front end loader and we got the house. Everything is still a mess five years later but I still think I made a wise move. Unfortunately the recession has put a spoke in my wheel. I will leave it to you.
The Ring signpost
Coming from Cork
Wherever you are from and if perchance you happen to want to visit South West Cork, Ireland, there is no way around it. You have to take the N71 route out of Cork. Moreover it is a lovely drive with some spectacular scenery, lovely houses, rivers and fields and beautiful trees. Eventually, you will come to a town called Bandon, known as the gateway to South West Cork. You are about twenty minutes away from where we are. As you approach a lovely little town called Clonakilty, you will come across a roundabout ( circle ) and will see this sign. It is the first roundabout you come to and one cannot miss it.Follow that left for about three miles along a beautiful meandering drive and there one will find Ring. Then we can go for a walk.
You are now in Ring, Ireland.
At the Quay.
Deasys bar and restaurant
Old Irish architecture in Ireland.
A publicans dream, the old ruin.
As seen from the other side. If you notice the boat in summer it will be full of flowers as the villagers prepare for the tidy towns competition. Two years ago we won our category in all Ireland. Which reminds me, in these photo’s there is no evidence of litter and we have haven’t even started yet to tidy up. It’s another small thing to be proud of.Once again I apologize because the tide is out and at this time of the year it only comes in late at night. These are my pictures and I am just starting and my idea is actually to show everybody the two different scenes, between high tide and low tide and the difference that can make to the beauty of the place.
The next two pubs Kitty Mac’s and Barry’s bar.
Between the ruin and the first bar here known as Kitty Macs is about 50 meters Then between that and Barry’s bar is about ten metres. They are both quite delightful pubs with very different atmospheres. In the former, the younger generation hang out and there is television and a pool table and music is on hand from the CD players and a jukebox.In the later is more an old Irish bar, with a more elderly clientele and no TV and other accouterments. Talk is considered what you do. Sometimes a young lass might appear and sing some old rebel songs and creates a lovely atmosphere. Cork is not known as the rebel county for nothing you know. Oh Ireland and its terrible history.
Barry’s Bar, in Ring, Ireland.
The sign at the T junction heading towards South Ring.
Heading towards South Ring.
I trust this gives you an idea of where we are standing at the moment. If you look between the two bars, at the back in the distance. That’s my house and that is the secret. It is time to move on now as I have shot my bolt in Ireland and not being able to find any work and relying on my wife to bear the brunt of keeping up with the mortgage and all our needs is just more than any man can bear.We are nearly done with our kids now, Dagny has her degree, Michael writes his finals in June which just leaves Siobhan to go onto College.I mentioned earlier in the introduction that the recession has put a spoke in my wheel because just as it is time to move on house prices have bombed. Never mind, I have been through a lot of worse things in my life and no doubt I will get through this as well.I digress come on and walk although I do like to chat a bit if I get the chance. Those walking with me let out a long relieved sigh and mentally say, ” I never knew the deaf were so hard to keep quiet.” Essentially then, I first penned this piece on Ireland and Ring as we were trying to sell our house and move to Australia. Unfortunately my wife’s job fell through there and the boom went bust and we couldn’t get the price we wanted. Such is life, so we are here forever then, and it’s not the end
The tide is out in Ring, Ireland.
My what a difference it makes in the change of the scenery?
Walking South and the hills of Inchydoney.
A long walk
The sign at the fourway cross
Believe it or not this sign was like this during the boom years and it is like this during the bust years. My house is about 20 metres left of this.None of the signs point in the right direction even the one lying on the ground doesn’t. However in rural Ireland this is a time honoured ploy. I believe to confuse the British. Moreover since then it has confused most tourists as well. Never fear that is the plan as it can get lonely out here or was so in the past. So this is a quaint old Irish ploy to get people to stop and talk with them, sometimes known as great ‘ craic ‘ (Irish for talk ).Moreover, the funniest thing of all, after exhausting the ‘ craic ‘ is to then send them ( tourists ) in the wrong direction. What a gas hey!Don’t be concerned, it will not harm you, it’s just their way of making sure you see more of the countryside. Eventually you will come across another signpost and history will repeat itself. You might have done a couple of miles more, but that’s all and you will reach your destination ( blesses himself ) eventually.
The original mess of boulders, bricks, dried cement etc. is now these new houses which are still being worked upon. You see the builder concentrates on farm structures which are his core business and this is just an agreeable sideline.When we first came here there were just three houses, then one was build next door and these are the one’s left and then that is it.
A pot-pourri of scenes in and around Ring, Ireland.