Welcome To Kinsale

Kinsale is found at a bend in the estuary of the River Bandon fifteen miles south of Cork city. It has excellent fish restaurants and is therefore regarded as the gourmet town of Irelandís southwest.
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Information Kinsale Ireland

Kinsale is found at a bend in the estuary of the River Bandon fifteen miles south of Cork city. Kinsale has excellent fish restaurants and is therefore regarded as the gourmet town of Irelandís southwest. Kinsale is hilly above its harbour. It has sloping, winding streets and its houses are generously placed to spread out in the area. Kinsale Regional Museum provides a potted history of the town and its environs. The small building is home to an assortment of paraphernalia of a fishing or maritime theme. Kinsale lace also features. It is also home to Easter Rising weaponry. Patrick OíBrien, who lived in the eighteenth century, was the Kinsale Giant. He was eight feet seven inches tall (2.5 metres). He earned a living as an exhibit in his own right, but today some of the large items he used or wore are on display. The Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915 off Kinsale. The linerís sinking led to the entry of the United States into the First World War. A number of items feature from the period, including artefacts from the ship itself. The Desmond Castle is a medieval, crenellated tower with stone mullioned windows. Its history includes service as a prison for French soldiers and use as a powder magazine during the 1601 Siege of Kinsale. Six years later, the rebels who held the town during the incident fled to the continent in what became known as the Flight of the Earls. St Multoseís Church dates from the twelfth century and has an unusual Irish Romanesque tower. Charles Fort is near Kinsale. Star-shaped, it was built in the 1670s as a defence against maritime invasion. Based on French engineer Vaubanís design, it was believed impregnable from the coast but fell in three days to the army of William III when attacked from the land in 1690.

Attractions Kinsale Ireland

Argideen Heritage - Clonakilty

Located on a 135 acre Dairy Farm, which is located just off of the R600 between Clonakilty and Timoleague in South West Cork. The Arigideen River Valley is unique as well as being beautiful in that it has a very high concentration of Historical sites and is a great source of folklore. The Valley has connections with Michael Collins, Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, Donal Cam O' Sullivan Bere and William Penn to mention just a few

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills - Ballincollig

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills Heritage Centre is a unique industrial complex which meanders along the bank of the River Lee. The Mills were established in 1794 by Charles Henry Leslie. Eleven years later when Napoleon's control of France posed a grave threat to the British, the British Board of Ordnance bought the Mills from Leslie. Along with this the Army Barracks was built in the town to protect the supply of gunpowder. By the mid 1800s the Mills were one of the largest industrial establishments in the Cork area.

Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill

Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The present castle is a fine example of a 15th century tower house with 16th century additions and alterations. The bawn wall with three corner towers is largely intact. The ground floor of the keep houses an exhibition on the history of the Barrys and Barryscourt Castle.

Blarney Castle - Home of the Blarney Stone - Blarney

Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. It was built around 1446. An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are eighteen feet thick in places. Located on the parapet of the castle is the famous "Blarney Stone". According to local legend, after kissing this stone, you will have the gift of eternal eloquence, or "the gift of the gab". To kiss the stone, you must first lie on your back, then leaning your head backwards and downwards, you kiss the underside of the stone. The last admission to the castle and grounds is 30 minutes before closing.

Blarney Woolen Mills - Blarney

The presence of the Woolen Mills during the Famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. The success story at the mills continued until a disastrous fire in 1869. By August 1871, the mill was once again operational with a labour force of 222. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.