Cultra Hill Climb

Cultra Hill Climb is a yearly event held in the grounds of the Ulster Folk Museum, Holywood.

Its always a good day with interesting vehicles, both on the track and on display.

The event always enjoys good weather, well as I remember it anyway.

For more pics on the day click here.


Dorothys car, designed by Rex McCandless and first registered in 1956. RZ 6516 was originally driven by Dorothy McGladdery. There is a small plaque on the dashboard with her name.


Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang


Crossle cars
Crosslè cars was established in 1957 and is particularly famous for their Formula Ford designs. They are based in Holywood, Co. Down.

John Rinty Monaghan

Rinty Monaghan

Rinty Monaghan was Belfast’s first World Boxing Champion. He was the first boxer from the city to win a world boxing title becoming flyweight champion in 1948.

John Joseph Monaghan was born in 1918 and he became known as Rinty because of his love for stray dogs and after Rin Tin Tin, the famous dog actor. He had 66 fights winning 51, drawing six and losing nine.

A statue of him by Alan Beattie Herriot has recently been erected in Cathedral Gardens, Belfast, not far from where he grew up. Continue reading “John Rinty Monaghan”

The new lagan Footbridge

Lagan Weir Replacement Footbridge nears completion

I photographed the old lagan Footbridge a few times over the years. People had taken to putting love locks on it, like that bridge in Paris and it made for some interesting photographs.

It was only recently that I noticed that the new bridge – the official title seems to be The Lagan Weir Replacement Footbridge – was nearing completion. In fact the sign at the construction site says that work commenced in October 2014 and is due to be completed this month.  I would’ve crossed bridge twice or three times a week usually but obviously not since October 2014. Time flies indeed! Continue reading “The new lagan Footbridge”

The Big Fish

Big Fish Belfast

The Big Fish is a ten metre sculpture of a salmon by John Kindness at Donegal Quay, Belfast. It has been there from 1999 and is probably the most photographed object in the city. The Fish is covered in ceramic tiles with images and text depicting events in the history of Belfast.

I’m often in the area and there’s always someone there taking photographs, climbing on it or just sitting at it.

I’ve taken countless photographs over the years trying different angles – low down, high up, from the front, rear, every way I could think of  but this is the first time I’ve tried a black and white image.


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Big Fish Belfast
Big Fish

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