Posted by: marthabernie | August 22, 2014

KINSALE HARBOR, COUNTY CORK, IRELAND

This photo was taken in 1993 late in the afternoon at Kinsale Harbor.  This was before I gathered the courage to drive on the left side of the road, relying only on buses and trains to get to where I wanted to go.

Kinsale is a beautiful little town.  It boasts lots of restaurants, pubs and shops, and some claim that it is the epicurean center of Ireland.  I was there long enough to take a walking tour of the town and explore Fort Charles, which is across the harbor on the headlands.

Kinsale is where many of the bodies washed ashore after a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the passenger ship, The Lusitiania, on May 7, 1915.  More than two thirds of the passengers drown and some of the unidentified bodies are buried in the graveyard in Kinsale.  This senseless act of destruction was one of the reasons the U.S. decided to enter WWI.

It is also famous for the Battle of Kinsale when the English finally conquered the Gaelic Irish at the end of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign.  It also had to do with England’s final conquest of the Spanish Armada.  In Kinsale they tell tourists that many Spaniards came ashore after the battle and stayed, thus accounting for many of the their dark haired descendants in Ireland today.

There are swans in Kinsale Harbor, as you can see, and they were enjoying the calm while the tide was in.

Below is a photo of the same harbor in clear, bright morning light, and then again at the bottom at sunset.  It’s a beautiful little place, but I recommend that you visit after all the summer holidays makers go home…late September to November is beautiful!


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  1. I love the pictures! I lived in Cork 3 years, and we often drove to Kinsale for a nice Lunch or to have a nice walk. Makes me a little bit “Ireland-Homesick”: 🙂

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