On This Day – Kinsale in Ireland

While the current travel restrictions are in place I have no new stories to post so what I thought that I would do is to go through my picture archives and see where I was on this day at any time in the last few travelling years.

On 16th June 2016 I was in Southern Ireland in the town of Kinsale…

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Kinsale Street

At around about lunch time we arrived in Kinsale and checked in to the Old Bank Town House with rooms overlooking the harbour and the brightly painted shops in the High Street opposite and after a glass of Guinness and a bowl of Chowder we spent the afternoon exploring the narrow sinuous streets, the tourist tat shops and the exclusive harbour area.

There is no getting away from the fact that Kinsale is very much a tourist town and it felt as though the whole place had been recently spruced up for the summer season and everywhere there were overflowing flower planters and fresh paint, bus tour blue, tourist turquoise and visitor violet which gave the town an uplifting vibrancy which was fake but at the same time friendly.  It is said that Queen Elizabeth of England thinks the world smells of fresh paint and I sort of got that impression here.

Kinsale Giants Cottage

Later we looked for somewhere to eat but this proved difficult on account of how busy the town was and it took some time to find a restaurant that could accommodate us.  Someone always finds a table however and eventually we were accommodated and enjoyed a final meal and had a reflective conversation about the week away.  It was our third successive year in Ireland, we have visited the West coast and the North and now the south and for the third year running we had not seen a single drop of rain.

Kim really believes that the sun always shines in Ireland!  On account of this I am beginning to think about starting a travel business specialising in escorted tours to Ireland because it would seem that we would be able to give a no rain guarantee.

Kinsale Flowers

As we left the restaurant we could hear genuine Irish music playing nearby so like children drawn to the Pied Piper we followed the sound to a nearby pub where a trio of musicians called ‘Goats Don’t Shave’ were playing traditional music and we stayed and watched, tapped our feet, clapped our hands and joined in when we recognised the lyrics.

We had had a good day, Clonakilty and Kinsale, an excellent way to finish the trip and before we went to bed we discovered more Irish music in the hotel bar where a man famous for playing with the Riverdance show was playing for free with his band of excellent musicians.  It was quite a show and we stayed longer than we planned and long after we had left we could hear the music of his accordion wafting across the street and through the open window of our room.

Kinsale Accordian

 

36 responses to “On This Day – Kinsale in Ireland

  1. Really? No rain for you in Ireland? Nope, sorry, don’t believe you.

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  2. Oh, fabulous!

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  3. Isn’t that near where the Lusitania was sunk?

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    • Yes it is. I wrote this in the original post…

      On 7th May 1915 the ship was nearing the end of an Atlantic crossing bound for Liverpool from New York. Aboard her were 1,266 passengers and a crew of 696, She was running parallel to the south coast of Ireland, and was roughly eleven miles off the Old Head of Kinsale when the liner crossed in front of a German U-boat. The commanding officer of the submarine gave the order to fire one torpedo which struck Lusitania on the starboard bow. There was a massive explosion, much larger than expected on a passenger liner, and the ship began to sink. Of the 1,962 passengers and crew aboard Lusitania at the time of the sinking, 1,198 lost their lives.

      Germany defended the attack on the basis that the ship was carrying munitions for the war but Britain denied this and continued to do so until 1982 when it was obliged to warn a salvage company of the presence of dangerous ammunition inside the wreck. So it seems the Germans were right then.

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  4. It certainly seems to have its own style and you’re never far from music in Ireland. I enjoyed my one visit, despite the soft and gentle rain, and wouldn’t mind to go back… at all, at all! 🙂 🙂

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  5. Those two shots of the blue walled house are so well composed

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  6. ah yes the green of Ireland!

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  7. i was in kinsale, and while it felt a bit touristy, it was a very pretty town. kind of felt like mackinac island in northern michigan. we stayed in a very old farmhouse airbnb, near the water in the middle of grassy fields leading out to the water, on the head, a few minutes drive from town, and that i loved even more. i’m glad you found the goats!

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  8. I take it the banner photograph heading this post is one of your Irish ones? It is certainly a vibrant green of the sort I remember from there even if it isn’t quite as vibrant as the blue house with the red flower which brought tears to my eyes so sharp were the colours! Kinsale is a fun place and it seems to me that the inhabitants have managed to embrace the tourists and all the kitsch that goes with that without selling their souls. I remember my husband was much taken with the fact that the waitress was so astonished that he’d never had fruit cake with butter that she brought him two slices. It gave him a lifelong liking for heavy fruit cake slathered in good butter.

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  9. I remember a walk in Ireland where I had to take my boots off and wade across the path. Clearly I don’t have your luck!

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    • It is astonishing Anabel. The first time that we went to Ireland in anticipation of rain we took 4 fold away umbrellas in my luggage. At the airport they were picked up by the security scanners and I had my bag searched. The security man found my explanation amusing.

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  10. Thanks for your comments on your visit to Kinsale, much appreciated. it is a fantastic place a real heritage town with lots of history and a number of U.S. links. look at kinsaleheritage.com to get the full story and see the photographs.

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  11. The blue wall is so interesting.

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  12. I’m from Kinsale , love the photos!

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