Snapshots from Ireland Part 2: Cork City

After spending a wonderful day wandering around Kinsale and Charles Fort, we spent the next couple of days exploring Cork, visiting places from my husband’s childhood.

Our first trip found us in Fitzgerald Park. After spending some time in the fantastic playground, we took a stroll through the park to get to the real reason for our visit: the Shaky Bridge.

This bridge will now be part of family legend. The jokes we will tell. Hmmm.

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It is an impressive pedestrian bridge, to be fair. Very pretty views. However, the shaking part, not my cup of tea. Not a fan of things moving that shouldn’t!

But, shake the bridge you must, so my daughter and I left her dad and the boys to it.

I took this photo just before the iPhone sized splash…

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My eldest had his phone in his pocket, my husband insisted the boys jumped. You can guess the end.

Oh, how we laughed.

Suffice to say, mum was unimpressed, dad was contrite and son was philosophical. As I said, the stuff of family legends!

The next day we played it safer and visited Murphy’s Farm, which is just a few minutes away from my husband’s childhood home and somewhere he spent many an hour playing at the pitch and putt. We headed for the river walk though, and played pooh sticks.

Pooh sticks with our guys is generally more elaborate than simple sticks and we spent a lovely couple of hours building ‘boats’ (and playing with a very friendly dog who kept losing his ball in the river!).

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Many a boat was built, and various challenges developed. First under the bridge, first over the weir. Fastest, biggest. It was a lot of fun. Such a simple activity, but on a gorgeous sunny morning, it was perfect.

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On our way back we were lucky enough to spot a heron walking along the river. Such a beautiful bird, and I don’t think the kids had ever seen one.

Later that day we took a turn into Cork city centre and had a leisurely wander, introducing the kids to the city and pointing out the landmarks. Both city and family ones.

We had a lovely few days in Cork. With the glorious weather, when we weren’t out and about, the kids were playing in the garden. We couldn’t have asked for a better mix of tourist time and family time.

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Then, it was time to head up to Dublin to catch up with the rest of the family! Look out for some snapshots of our time there, coming soon!

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.
Eudora Welty

I began writing ‘Snapshots’ posts last summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Simply capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.


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19 thoughts on “Snapshots from Ireland Part 2: Cork City”

  1. Eek to the phone! iPhones seem to be attracted to water in our experience! Lovely photos, Dublin is the only place I’ve been to in Ireland and it rained ridiculously heavily the whole time I was there.

    Stevie x

  2. Looks like you had amazing sunny weather for your visit. Was the bridge meant to shake or was it in slight disrepair? I stopped by from #CountryKids linky,

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      The weather was amazing, which was a little unexpected! The bridge is in good repair I believe, it’s design just allows it to move!

  3. Lovely last photo of you all, your eldest really has shot away from the rest now, it will only be time though before he is caught up! Love the bridge oh and I am sorry about the phone, I did something similar and now have my first non i phone. Looks like Cork has some lovely places to visit and what a great summer to be over here.

    Thank you for sharing on #CountryKids

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      Yes, my eldest is shooting up, so fast! The phone did meet a watery end, but at least my son took it well! He was glad to get a new phone when he got home though :)

  4. Oh no, how awful to lose an iPhone! The bridge looks lovely and it looks like you had a lovely time! I’d love to visit Cork some time. #CountryKids

  5. Oh no, a lost phone! Sounds like a fun day out though. My other half is also from Ireland (north) so we’re looking forward to a similar trip down memory lane with our kids. #CountryKids

  6. I’m not sure a shaky bridge would be something I’d enjoy either but it does look like a pretty one to cross – although what a shame about your son’s phone. Glad he was so philosophical about it. Pooh sticks is one of Sophie’s favourite activities – I love the idea of expanding it to make little boats. Love the family photo too. #countrykids

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      I was glad he was philosophical too! It could have been a lot worse! My younger son will always get creative at the slightest opportunity!

  7. Oh no to the phone. I don’t think I would have liked the bridge shaking either. And how wonderful that your Pooh sticks turns into more than just throwing sticks over a bridge <£

  8. The part where you are explaining about snapshots and not worrying about SEO and it makes a lot of sense! An amazing way to capture moments. Real ones, not posed or made up.

    This is an amazing continuation from last week. I can say that you have fun in your time in Ireland! You seemed to have made sure that every second would count!


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