Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Outside The Box in Ireland: Carfree in Cork
A side trip to Cork from Dublin, on a comfortable, clean and quick train with advance tickets for €20 – good value for a journey of just under 3 hours. Cork is Ireland’s second city, with 130,000 people. It felt a lot bigger because of the volume of traffic – as in Dublin, some streets have been made more pedestrian-friendly, but at many junctions there were interminable waits at signalled crossings, often resulting in frustrated pedestrians taking their chances with the racing traffic. Perhaps there’s an explanation in the Cork city map, which reads, “Cork’s Inner Orbital Route will help motorists to and from National Routes and to access parking in the city centre.” Words like “Inner Orbital Route” strike fear into the heart of any pedestrian. Fortunately there are citizens of Cork who think differently, like these guys from Mayfield Community Arts Centre, with their project inviting people to chalk pavements outside the Crawford Art Gallery with the message “The Street is Ours Because…” And, on the subject of Cork street art, here’s some more – from O’Banksy (?) to someone who’s not impressed with former PM Brian Cowen, and someone else who’s even less impressed with Irish democracy.