Today’s been our first day back in the disunited Kingdom after our time in Eire. Despite it being a Saturday I’ve had little time to relax (or blog) as there’s too much to do. Most of today’s been taken up editing hundreds of wedding pictures from last weekend as well, as trying to collate all the rail and travel pictures I snapped during our time in Ireland. This has kept me glued to a computer screen all day but at least I’ve broken the back of them now, which is just as well as I have to be in Derby tomorrow night in readiness for the launch of the new East Midlands Rail franchise first thing Monday morning – which means there’ll be some rolling blogs to come as well as yet another batch of photos to add to the queue for editing. At least I’ll have managed a couple of nights at  home this week…

This evening the tempo changes as Dawn and I are heading round to some friends for a meal and chance to catch-up with people after having been away, so expect me to be absent from the internet tonight!

In the meantime, here’s a taster of some of the Irish pictures that’ll appear on my Zenfolio website next week. First off is a view of Cork’s famous English Market

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Meanwhile, over to the East of the city centre, here’s a shot of the railway station, showing a Midleton service waiting to depart from platform 1 which is worked by one of the InterCity DMUs from Mitsui and TCC(Japan). 8 of them were supplied to IR in 1993. The Midleton route only reopened in the past 10 years and it’s been a fantastic success. In the adjacent siding stands one of Irish rail’s 34 strong Class 201 locomotives built by General Motors in 1994. These are used to push/pull the Mk4 coaches on the express workings to Dublin.

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I’ll add the rest of the Irish pictures just as soon as I can. You’ll be able to find the travel ones here and the railway ones here. Oh, I nearly forgot! I’ve also taken quite a few merchant shipping shots around Ireland, If they float your boat (so to speak) you can find them here!