Sunday, October 22, 2017

St. Multose Church

St. Multose Church as seen from Desmond Castle

"Very close to the regional Museum is St Multose Church. St Multose founded a monastery here in the 6th century AD and this church is named for him. Built in 1190 (the oldest building in Kinsale) but with substantial alterations over the years, this remains an interesting example of Norman architecture and 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 was 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.

In more recent times, Kinsale was the town from which the rescue operation of the Lusitania was conducted it is here that some of the victims of the tragic sinking of the liner are buried" (

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Wild Geese

I admit that before returning to Ireland earlier this year, I never knew there was a wine industry there. Beer, sure. But wine? I guess I should have known there would have been at least some indigenous wine producing capacity, if for no other reason than the need for wine at Mass. I also was unaware of the Wild Geese of Ireland who facilitated the transport of wines from the much larger wine-producing countries like France and Spain.

"Following the Treaty of Limerick in 1691 that brought an end to the Williamite Wars, Irish soldiers fled Ireland for the continent and became known as the 'Wild Geese.' Irishmen continued to be recruited into foreign armies until 1745 when it was made illegal by the British. By that time Irish families had become established in France and Spain and other wine growing countries and many made made their living exporting wine to Ireland.

Sixteen Irish ports were licenced for wine imports in Ireland and the most important was Kinsale which is still known for fine food and wines. In the late 1990s local historians and restauranteurs got together joining forces with the Irish government and opened the International Museum of Wine at Kinsale's former custom house, Desmond Castle" (

Friday, October 20, 2017


Meet my guide at Desmond Castle. I never learned her name, but she had a delightful sense of humor and was quite knowledgeable about the castle's many uses over the centuries, including it's present use as an International Museum of Wine. More about that tomorrow.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Desmond Castle

Desmond Castle "was built as the Customs House for Kinsale about the year 1500 by Maurice FitzGerald, 9th Earl of Desmond, following the grant of the customs of the port of Kinsale to the Earls of Desmond by King Henry VII in 1497. Presumably there must have been an earlier structure on the site as the 1st Earl was Captain of Desmond Castle.

It was used as a Customs House until 1641 when it was converted into a naval prison, following the construction of a new Customs House. The prisoners kept in the Castle were in the main French and Spanish, and the building became known locally as the 'French Prison' as a result.

In January 1747, a fire broke out, killing 54 of the prisoners. In 1791, the castle was donated by James Kearney MP to the town of Kinsale, and it was subsequently used as a town gaol till 1846, and during the Irish Famine as a workhouse. In 1938, it was taken into government hands, and in the 1990s was restored and opened to the public by the Office of Public Works" (Wikipedia).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Just this last shot of my companion who accompanied me through two visits to Fangorn before I move on to a couple more sights in Kinsale and then to Cobh which has been so battered by Hurricane Ophelia.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Never learned anything about these old ruins near the river. The bricks and stones are now greatly overgrown with ferns and vines--very Fangorn-like. I've been wondering how the friends I made in this area fared as Hurricane Ophelia passed.

Monday, October 16, 2017


"Fangorn Forest was said to be humid, and trunks and branches grew thick where very little light penetrated the forest. Similarly, Fangorn was said to be a dangerous and evil place like Mirkwood (where huge spiders roamed the forest and other evil creatures lay), but this was not the case following the events of The Lord of the Rings. The forest was home to many different kinds of trees. Huorns also lived in the forest, similar to Ents but more discreet. Most lived deep in the Forest of Fangorn. The Ents and Huorns drank from the river Entwash, and from it the Ents brewed their legendary drink, the Ent-draughts" (Wikipedia).