Kinsale Ireland

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If you are planning a visit to Ireland, Kinsale and the surrounding area should seriously be considered on your itinerary.
It is arguably the most beautiful towns in Ireland and steeped in history.
It is located about a 20 minute drive from Cork Airport and overlooks a beautiful harbour.
Two historic forts are visible from the town, Charles fort and James fort.
These are relics of Ireland's turbulent past, and a reminder that the great Battle of Kinsale took place here in 1601.
Kinsale has been called the gourmet capital of Ireland, and you will find some great Restaurants with wonderful fresh seafood.
It has a great seafaring tradition so there is plenty of sailing and fishing to be found here.
It is also possible to avail of a harbour cruise.
Some historic buildings in Kinsale include St.
Multose Church, The French Prison and the Convent.
Built in 1190, St.
Multose church has remained in continuous use to the present day.
Take your time to see some interesting features including an inscription in Norman French, the Baptismal font, the Easter sepulchre, the carved memorials, and the reredos from the Galway chapel as well as the wooden Coat of Arms.
The Southwell Memorial is made from Carrera marble and is the work of Arnold Quellin of London.
It was in this wonderful church that Prince Rupert proclaimed Charles II as King, after hearing the news that Cromwell had had King Charles I executed in London.
Prince Rupert's fleet was at anchor in Kinsale harbour at this time.
Walking the streets of Kinsale are a real pleasure.
Colourful shops, quaint pubs and plenty of fresh air.
Take the popular walk from the town to Charles fort.
This will allow you to appreciate the full beauty of the town and harbour.
The Old Head of Kinsale is definitely worth a trip also.
This headland about 4 miles from Kinsale hosts a wonderful lighthouse and incredible scenery.
It was off this headland the ill-fated Lusitania met it's doom in May 1915.
It was a passenger liner en route from New York to Liverpool when it was torpedoed by a German U Boat.
1189 individuals lost their lives.
A stone commemorates the event.
The two beaches of Garrylucas and Garretstown are located nearby and very pleasant to walk on.
From here you can proceed on a journey into West Cork.
Some wonderful scenery and towns stretch from here along the coast to Kerry.
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