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  1. History : Casement Park (Irish: Páirc Mhic Asmaint) is the principal Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland, home to the Antrim football and hurling teams. Located on the Andersonstown Road in the west of the city, and named after the Republican revolutionary Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916), the ground has a capacity of 32,600.[1] Casement Park, one of the largest stadia in Ulster, opened in June 1953, with Armagh Harps defeating St John’s of Antrim in the final of the inaugural Ulster Senior Club Football Championship.[2] The newly opened Casement Park hosted the Ulster Championship final less than a month later, which saw Armagh overcome reigning All-Ireland champions Cavan. In all, Casement Park has hosted eight Ulster football finals. However, the Antrim ground has not held the provincial showpiece since 1971, with St. Tiernach's Park in Clones hosting the final every year since except between 2004 and 2006 when it was moved to Croke Park such was the demand for tickets. A major facelift of the stadium took place in 2000, a move which saw more championship games played at Casement Park. In 2006, floodlights were added which allowed hurling and football to be played in the evening. In 2006, proposals were raised to build a new multi-purpose stadium on the site of the old Maze prison near Lisburn, which was intended to host association football, rugby union and Gaelic games. However, opposition to the idea led to it being dropped in favour of a new venue in the Sydenham area of East Belfast. This led to Ulster GAA, which was one of the partners in the Maze project, to pull out in favour of remaining at Casement Park.[3] In 2011, the Northern Ireland Executive announced that it had granted £138m for various stadium redevelopment projects throughout Northern Ireland. Ulster GAA would receive £61.4m of this, which was to be used to redevelop Casement Park into a 40,000 all-seated stadium with £15 million of partnership investment from the Central Council of the GAA, making it the largest stadium in Ulster.[4] In early 2012 it was announced that the redevelopment work would start at the end of 2013 with a view to having the new stadium open by September 2015. It was expected that, after its completion, Ulster GAA would move its headquarters from St Tiernach's Park in Clones to Casement Park,[5] which would then have a seating capacity of about 40,000.[6] In December 2014 the granting of planning permission for the redevelopment of Casement Park was ruled unlawful. On 28 April 2016 the team behind the Casement Park redevelopment proposals launched a consultation process in an effort to see what the general public's views are. On the 14th November 2016 Casement Park was officially included as part of Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid. 2006 controversy A decision in 2006 by the Antrim County Board to permit the use of Casement Park to host a Republican rally in commemoration of the deaths of Provisional IRA and INLAprisoners in the 1981 hunger strike drew criticisms from unionists. Visited in late 2015, casement lies the same today although work on redevelopment is expected to start very soon. knowing the social club was still in use allowed access to part of the ground and the rest i just had to blagg.
  2. Careful kids don't crash the server rushing to check this report out, and don't go burning the location by all rushing out to have a pop for yourselves-as much as you wil probably want to once you see the amount of epic in this place. right i know we've all been waiting to catch a glimpse inside this place for a long time, one of the holy grails of exploring, yeah people have done the mail rail, yeah people have done burlington rar rar-old news , ladies and gentlemen i present to you.... hereford football ground, can i get hell yeahh!! Anyway enough of that, its a derpy football ground i drive past this place all the time and worked over the road building a few bits in the big new crap shopping complex. Basically they owed the powers that be about 50k in rent and legal fees for the ground, hence the reason for shutting down, this alongside the fact the ground had been condemned over health and safety issues, Not 100% sure but word round the campfire with the hereford lads at work is someone had themselves a mischief in the ground and sued the club, more campfire rumours are the guy that bought up the club is a property developer itching to get the green light to flatten the place, would make sense as it's an eyesore and its also over the road from the city's nice shiny new shopping complete, much like my local worcester ground it's only a matter of time really. sure you've all been in a football ground before but i hadn't until i went here so lorra pics for a derpy lower league ground. well you're gonna do it aren't ya take it sleazy kids, thanks for looking
  3. Another site from mine and Landie's Northern trip... Sadly Loxley Chapel itself has been well sealed so we made do with a little wander around the attached burial ground. Whilst it's not totally abandoned, indeed we saw a pair of groundsmen clearing space around one of the walkways and there are a number of graves which are obviously looked after and cared for most of the place is heavily overgrown and in some areas tree roots have knocked over stones all of which makes it quite tricky to navigate. Looking at the view from here, I can think of a lot worse places to have ended up... This was the perfect place to crack out my 30mm for some action. More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157644493789386
  4. Found a hole in the ground in Harlow!! Local rumors say that there was a Cold War bunker under the town and there is even a small mention on Subbrit "As well as county and county borough controls, counties could establish county sub-controls as a level between the districts and county to assist in the life saving operations and to provide communications. In this way Essex that formed part of Sub Region 4.2 with its SRC at the old Kelvedon Hatch bunker (the other SRCs for Eastern Region were at Hertford and Bawburgh) had its County Control in Chelmsford. Below this were 4 county sub controls at Mistley, Chelmsford, Billericay and Harlow each of which linked between 6 and 10 urban and rural districts" Could this be an emergency exit from the bunker?? Who knows???
  5. Back in Feb, me and my regular exploring buddy decided to check out Shoreham Cement Works. There are loads of old pictures/reports from this location but it seems to have fallen out of fashion recently (not sure why as we don’t have a lot of industry in this part of the UK). As expected it’s pretty trashed in places but still worth a visit due to the scale of the place. A bit of history The quarry itself has been in existence since 1732 (possible even earlier). Lime kilns were then added in 1814 and quarrying began in 1851. The plant itself has changed hands many times over the years but the Kilns which we see today were built between 1948 and 1950 and were designed by Vickers Armstrong. The kilns are 350 ft long by 10 ft in diameter (107m x 3m). Slurry was fed into them then pulverized coal blown in and ignited to burn the slurry at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,370 centigrade). The resultant red-hot clinker was then dropped into open-ended cooling tubes that carried the air upwards to prevent dust escaping into the building. The clinker was then ground down and 5% gypsum was added to control setting times. The end result is concrete. In its heyday, the plant employed 330 with a production rate of 250,000 tons of cement a year. It finally closed down in 1991. Apologies as the set is a little Fisheye heavy (it was a new lens and I went a bit mad with it). and onto the pics…..
  6. this site im not sure if it was for coal/slate mining but what ever it was for it was the heart of the town and now that it is abandoned the town is slowly drifting towards being a ghost town there is signs all over the landscape of its industrial past sorry about the lens hood creeping in on the shots it was this or having faded photos *(if there's any spelling/grammar mistakes sorry about that but is my dyslexic )* full set:http://www.flickr.com/photos/samcain/sets/72157631580360333/ in the distance you can see the damaged beach love the front curve of this building looked like fun but didnt have time to go and explore this (revisit ) lovely view of the coast some hut carved into the rock part of the railway that went thru the mountains (the tunnel has now collapsed ) part of the winch view from the roof really wanted to visit this place but it a civil guard 4x4 kept cruising along the perimeter of this building and not speaking good (any) spanish i didnt want to risk it, but if its still around i will hopefully revisit it again this cable was holding up the walkway to get to the mine/factory clad i didnt see this at the start the walkway view from the road (and evidence it was turning into a ghost town) railway bridge with a F*CKING massive drop a bit of cheeky natural framing these felt like there were never ending got to love a old door where the old railway lay
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