Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Royal Victoria Dock Yard, Passage west, County Cork

Funny to see this up on a wall in County Cork, the rebel county. Its Ironic that this would survive when Cork has more statues and memorials to victims of the 1916 rising and other republican figures, than all other counties. The town of Cobh (the Cove of Cork) got renamed by the English as Queenstown to celebrate the visit of Queen Victoria* in 1939, this dock yard built in 1932 got the same treatment by the owners. Like the posts boxes its funny to see reminders of the old enemy around the country.

* When the Queen visited Dublin City, some of the people of Dublin hung out Union Jacks on the windows of their homes giving them the derogatory nickname 'Jackeens' (used by all outside Dublin). It was also used to reference the derogatory nickname of 'West Brits' that the Dublin people were also known as or 'little Jacks' (as in little Union Jacks) as mentioned in the house of commons. A version of Websters 1913 had a listing for Jackeen as "A drunken, dissolute fellow", which the rest of Ireland would agree with ;p.

3 comments:

Leisha Camden said...

Yes, I'm sure only the Jackeens were drunken and dissolute ... ! ;-)

Cool to see old stuff like this. Thanks for sharing.

Paz said...

Ironically Dublin is one of our Viking cities, so it was the Scandinavian ancestors that were drunken and dissolute(ie your lot :P), Lonely planet guidebook agrees and says Galway pretty is legendry(we're modest and handsome too :P) .
glad you liked the post BTW

Anonymous said...

Its the "rebel county" because they did in fact support the English claim.