University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland, located in Cork. The university was founded in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges located in Belfast and Galway, it became University College, under the Irish Universities Act of 1908. The Universities Act 1997 renamed the university as National University of Ireland, a Ministerial Order of 1998 renamed the university as University College Cork – National University of Ireland, though it continues to be universally known as University College Cork. Amongst other rankings and awards, the university was named Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times on five occasions. In 2015, UCC was named as top performing university by the European Commission funded U-Multirank system, based on obtaining the highest number of "A" scores among a field of 1200 partaking universities. UCC became the first university to achieve the ISO 50001 standard in energy management in 2011.
Queen's College, was founded by the provisions of an act which enabled Queen Victoria to endow new colleges for the "Advancement of Learning in Ireland". Under the powers of this act, the three colleges of Belfast and Galway were incorporated on 30 December 1845; the college opened in 1849 with 181 students. A year the college became part of the Queen's University of Ireland; the original site chosen for the college was considered appropriate as it was believed to have had a connection with the patron saint of Cork, Saint Finbarr. His monastery and school of learning were close by at Gill Abbey Rock and the mill attached to the monastery is thought to have stood on the bank of the south channel of the River Lee, which runs through the College lower grounds; this association is reflected in the College motto "Where Finbarr Taught, Let Munster Learn", the university motto. Adjacent to Gillabbey and overlooking the valley of the river Lee, the site was selected in 1846; the Tudor Gothic quadrangle and early campus buildings were designed and built by Sir Thomas Deane and Benjamin Woodward.
Queen's College Cork opened its doors in 1849, with further buildings added including the Medical/Windle Building in the 1860s. In the following century, the Irish Universities Act formed the National University of Ireland, consisting of the three constituent colleges of Dublin and Galway, the college was given the status of a university college as University College, Cork; the Universities Act, 1997, made the university college a constituent university of the National University and made the constituent university a full university for all purposes except the awarding of degrees and diplomas which remains the sole remit of the National University. As of 2016, University College Cork had 21,000 students; these included 15,000 in undergraduate programmes, 4,400 in postgraduate study and research, 2,800 in adult continuing education across undergraduate and short courses. The student base is supported by 2,800 academic and administrative staff; as of 2017, UCC had 150,000 alumni worldwide. Student numbers, at over 21,000 in 2016, increased from the late 1980s, precipitating the expansion of the campus by the acquisition of adjacent buildings and lands.
This expansion continued with the opening of the Alfred O'Rahilly building in the late 1990s, the Cavanagh Pharmacy building, the Brookfield Health Sciences centre, the extended Áras na MacLéinn, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in 2004, Experience UCC and an extension to the Boole Library – named for the first professor of mathematics at UCC, George Boole, who developed the algebra that would make computer programming possible. The University completed the Western Gateway Building in 2009 on the site of the former Cork Greyhound track on the Western Road as well as refurbishment to the Tyndall institute buildings at the Lee Maltings Complex. In 2016, UCC acquired the Cork Savings Bank building on Lapps Quay in the centre of Cork city; as of 2017, the university is rolling out a programme to increase the space across its campuses, with part of this development involving the creation of a'student hub' to support academic strategy, to add 600 new student accommodation spaces, to develop an outdoor sports facility.
In 2006, the University re-opened the Crawford Observatory, a structure built in 1880 on the grounds of the university by Sir Howard Grubb. Grubb, son of the Grubb telescope building family in Dublin, designed the observatory and built the astronomical instruments for the structure; the University paid for an extensive restoration and conservation of the building and the three main telescopes, the Equatorial, the Transit Circle and Sidereostatic telescopes. In November 2009, a number of UCC buildings were damaged by flooding; the floods affected other parts of Cork City, with many students being evacuated from accommodation. The college authorities postponed academic activities for a week, indicated that it would take until 2010 before all flood damaged property would be repaired. Impacted was the newly opened Western Gateway Building, with the main lecture theatre requiring a total refit just months after opening for classes. In 2018, UCC's campus became home to the first "plastic free" café in Ireland, with the opening of the Bio Green Café in the Biosciences building.
The university is one of Ireland’s leading research institutes, with among the highest research income in the state. In 2016, UCC secured research funding of over €96
Rio Grande Southern Railroad, Motor No. 2 is a gasoline engine powered narrow gauge railroad motorcar. It was converted on August 1931 from a 1927 Buick "Master Six" 4-door sedan; the Buick was cut behind the rear doorpost and extended with sheet metal 18 inches to form an enlarged passenger compartment. The steering column was removed; the couch from the RGS office become the back seat as it is shown being requisitioned for Goose No. 2 on the statement covering construction. The front axle was removed and replaced with a swiveling two-axle lightweight railroad truck with sixteen-inch diameter wheels that carried and guided the front of the Goose. Ahead of the front truck the pilot is attached to the frame. There were two small pivoted scrapers attached to the rear of the pilot to keep small objects on the track from derailing the lightweight front truck. During the winter season a small snowplow was attached to the front of the pilot; the rear of the frame was lengthened using junked truck frame parts to carry the enclosed mail and freight compartment.
The compartment box is sixteen feet long, seven feet wide, six foot ten inches high at the sides. It has a four-foot wide double door centered, on each side for access to the mail and freight compartment; the roof is bowed upward in the center to shed moisture. The compartment was fabricated from 2 by 2 inches wood framing, with 1 by 2 inches wood strips running crossways; this is covered with 22 gauge galvanized sheet steel nailed to the 1" x 2" strips. The heating of the freight compartment of Goose No. 2 was noted as being considered in September 1931, soon after completion. Goose No. 2's stove is located in a four foot wide by two foot seven inch area added onto the rear of the compartment in the center. Examination shows that it was added on after the compartment box was built, but not too long thereafter, as the earliest photographs found show the addition; the Goose was powered by the engine and transmission that came with the Buick sedan. These powered the rear swiveling two-axle truck assembly mounted under the rear frame and compartment.
The drive shaft powers only the forward axle, made from a modified Ford truck rear axle. The rearmost axle is driven by roller chains and sprockets mounted outside of the wheels; the rear truck has twenty-four inch diameter cast wheels. The braking is accomplished by brake shoes between the axles on each truck being pushed against the wheel treads; these are actuated by linkage connecting them to the normal foot parking brake lever. The foot brake is connected to the front truck and the parking brake lever is connected to the rear truck. Goose No. 2 never received air brakes. The original paint scheme of Goose No. 2 is still an item of much discussion. Examination of the paint layers on the rear compartment exterior shows a shade of green on the bottom layer, it is now a light green a faded Pullman dark green paint. Over, black paint, the aluminum paint, used after 1935; the body on Goose No. 2 was replaced around 1939 with the body from the San Christobal Railroad Goose No. 1, built by the RGS for the San Christobal in 1934.
This is a Pierce-Arrow Model 80 body and is longer with larger side windows than that of the Buick body. The rear freight compartment was shortened eight inches to allow for the longer body and avoid altering the frame and drive shafts; this is its current configuration as displayed. Galloping Goose No. 2 is the only example of this type of narrow gauge rail car designed for combination passenger and freight service, which maintains this as-used configuration in Colorado and thus is significant at a statewide level. The period of significance is 1931-1943, the period during which Goose No. 2 operated as part of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. Otto Mears incorporated the Rio Grande Southern Railroad in November 1889, as another of his many narrow gauge railroads in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Narrow gauge railroads operate on rails spaced 3 feet apart as opposed to the 4 feet 8 1/2 inch spacing used by standard gauge railroads. Mears planned to tap the economic riches of the area—lumber and mined ores silver.
The area to be serviced stretched northwest of Durango to Ridgway, north of Ouray. The area was well populated and promised a lucrative source of rail revenue. Construction of the RGS started in 1890 from the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks in Durango towards Dolores and from the D&RG tracks in Ridgway toward Telluride and Ophir; the 162.6 mile railroad was finished in late 1891 with the joining of the two ends south of Rico. The year 1892 was a successful and profitable year for the RGS, but financial success was not long lasting. American Railroad Association, Locomotive Cyclopedia of American Practice. Ninth Edition-1930 Simmons-Boardman Publishing Co. New York, N. Y. 1930. Republished 1985 by Newton K. Gregg, Novato California. Ferrell, Mallory Hope, Silver San Juan; the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, Pruett Publishing Co. Boulder, Colorado, 1973. Rhine, Galloping Geese on the Rio Grande Southern. Tin Feathers and Gasoline Fumes. Colorado Railroad Museum, Colorado, 1971. Reprinted from the Colorado Rail Annual No.
9, Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, 1971, Robert W. Narrow Gauge News. Colorado Rail Annual No. 21. Colorado Railroad Museum, Colorado, 1994
Workin' on a Groovy Thing is a 1969 studio album containing the works of American pop singer Neil Sedaka. The album was recorded while Sedaka was touring Australia in late 1969, it was recorded in Festival's studios in Australia. It was co-produced by Festival house producer Pat Aulton; the LP featured many notable Australian session players of the period including guitarist Jimmy Doyle and veteran jazz musician John Sangster. In the United Kingdom, the album was released on the MCA label under the title Sounds of Sedaka. Neil Sedaka - vocals, piano Alan Turnbull - drums Len Hutchingson - bass Jim Doyle, Mal Clarke - guitars Mal Cunningham - piccolo & flute John Sangster - percussion Alan Nash, Bob McIvor - brass section leaders Gordon Bennett, Lal Kuring - string section leaders John Farrar - arrangements In Australia, one single was released, "Wheeling, West Virginia", which reached No. 20 on the Australian pop chart in 1970. "The Love of a Woman" served as the B-side. In the UK, "Ebony Angel" was released with "Puppet Man" as its B-side.
This album itself has not seen a re-issue since its original 1969 release, but the contents of the album are available as tracks 15-26 of the second disc of the 2002 compilation album, Let the Good Times In