This is where we chose to stay a night - in so doing avoiding the city of Cork. Once again the weather was cold, grey and drizzly, but it didn't stop us having a great time walking around exploring the town. This is another coastal town that is obviously a hive of activity during the summer months. Fortunately for us, who prefer to avoid the holiday crowds, it was also cheaper for our Edwardian accommodation. Would you believe it, with our Irish breakfast we had an Irish liqueur on our porridge! Was rather a nice starter before hoing into our fried black and white pudding!

Mightn't look exciting on the outside but interesting on the inside. Wasn't able to bargain as well as on previous occassions either.

Interesting bed for a weary pair of adventurers.

It would be interesting to know what this corner building looks like on the inside - haven't got brave (or cheeky) enough to knock on doors and ask yet!

I presume these inserts into the sea wall were for either boat building and maintenance or loading and unloading.

Some good back street shopping to be had here - sale time - Rosey gained 4 jerseys.

If this is midday traffic in off season, would hate to be driving in peak time!

This building dates from about 1600, with additions in 1706 that included the frontage with loggia on the ground floor. Offices and a jury room were provided on the first floor, and part of the original building was converted into an interesting panelled courtroom. In this building the Kinsale Town Corporation and Sovereign conducted their affairs. The courthouse was also used for ceremonial occasions in the 18th century. On Monday 10th 1915, the Courthouse was used for the inquest into the loss of the liner Lusitania. Captain Turner gave evidence before a jury of twelve shopkeepers and fishermen. The Regional Museum is now housed in the Courthouse.

Back of the Courthouse.

Old Town Square

This page was last updated: June 20, 2012

Abbey House

Now we come to the reason I wanted to visit Kinsale - the MULTROSE CHURCH took my fancy when reading my Lonely Planet!

Built in 1190, this church has remained in continuous use to the present day. Some interesting features include an inscription in Norman French, the Easter sepulchre, the Baptismal font, the carved memorials, and the reredos from the Galway chapel as well as the wooden Coat of Arms. The Southwell Memorial in Carrera marble, is the work of Arnold Quellin of London. It was in this 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 the time.

Wish I knew all this to look out for beforehand. As it was we only happened to get inside because a lovely Swedish lady that a meeting with someone that morning.