Forgotten Fort – September 2011

This naval fort has been abandoned long ago and is now slowly being reclaimed by nature. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of the fort remaining but if you battle through the undergrowth you can find the two sets of stairs leading underground to the two ammo stores. From the ammo stores there is a short tunnel which leads to the gun emplacements overlooking the coast. Other than these tunnels there are a few other small buildings dotted around the site.

As the fort is reasonably pristine and not that well known I think it might be better to leave the location out. With a bit of research it is pretty easy to find anyway. As AbandonedIreland and several others have found, sometimes it’s better to leave out the locations of the more sensitive sites to discourage any vandalism.

01Fort Building

01GBarred

02Hidden Entrance

03Fort Stairs

04Stairs

05TunnelA

06Ammo StoreA

07 TunnelA

08Light Switches

09Gun Emplacement A

10No Smoking

11Overgrown Entrance

12Ammo StoreB

13TunnelB

14Red Brick

15Gun EmplacementB

16Searchlight Building

17Rusting

18Roots

19Searchlight2

20Lighting

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Atlas Aluminium, Limerick City – August 2011

Atlas Aluminium located in Limerick City was established in 1980 and was one of Europe’s leading aluminium and zinc pressure die casters. When the recession hit, the factory was no longer viable and it soon shut it’s doors in the November of 2007 with the loss of 163 jobs. It has lain empty ever since.

Unfortunately a fire was started at the complex earlier this year and the factory is now burnt down. It had deteriorated quite a bit in the time before that however and was being frequented by drug addicts and the homeless. So it was probably only a matter of time until something like this happened. Luckily myself and Storysham paid a visit before it went downhill. Below are the photos from the visit.

01Atlas2

02Atlas6

03Forklift

04Floorspace

05Finishing1

06TwoFloors

07Smelting3

08Stairs7

09Mess

10PC

11Reception

12Corridor3

13Customer Satisfaction

14Fax2

15Escapism

16Tapes2

17Trashed Office

18Accounts

19Glass

20Circuit Board

21Upper Office

22Laptop

00History

Ballyvourney College, Co.Cork – August 2009

There doesn’t seem to be too much history on this place available online except that it closed in 1989. It has lain unused since then except for a short period when it was opened up to be used as the filming location for the Irish movie, “Song for a Raggy Boy”.

The complex is quite large and contains dormitories, classrooms, a theater, a canteen, a chapel and handball alleys. I had some bad timing visiting this one. Someone who had the keys to the grounds and had driven in was showing off the exterior of the building to two other people. This caught me by surprise and I had to make a dart under some bushes! Luckily I was unseen and was able to wait them out until I could enter the building. Unfortunately though I was unable to access the western end of the building, every possible access had been blocked off at the time of my visit so I was unable to reach the chapel and a few of the other interesting features. Below are the images I got from the central and eastern end of the building.