How's that for a good blog title?
On our way to Cork yesterday we visited St Oliver's Cemetery and did some shopping in Lidl in Ballincollig. We took a wrong turning and ended up in a carpark and whilst the wife put Lidl into Google maps for directions. I had a nosey and a mosey around.
I noticed this old watchtower that use to be a part of Ballincollig Gunpowder Works. In those days they feared French invasions and built Martello towers all over the place. They are even near us on Garnish and Whiddy islands.
The gunpowder was made to keep Napoleon at bay and for blasting stone during the construction of railways in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. This was until 1910 when some bright spark invented synthetic explosives and these were used instead of gun powder.
Cork council eventually bought the derelict building from ICI and now it's part of a tourist park and trail.
My mental jukebox began to play the following tune:
I saw Uli Jon Roth last year at A New Day Festival in Kent. Here he is playing one of Mr Hendrix's classic tracks. Although on further research it appears that Robert Zimmerman composed it. Didn't you Bob?