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Ireland – Cork and a trip to Kinsale

Published: 25.4.2022
The second largest and one of the oldest Irish cities - Cork. It spreads on the both banks of the Lee River. It is in the south of the country. It is easy reachable when going from downtown Dublin by bus or by airplane. We decided to spend there two nights and make use of one day to walk in Kinsale - a small colorful town, a popular tourist destination.

On the first day, we decided for the town of Cork. We could skip a visit to English Market (which has been operating since 1788). It is situated right downtown  in Princes Street. There, you can find food from all around the world. Locals go here mostly to get some fresh fish or visit butcher's. Staff from this market are used by restaurants from all around the town. St Mary's Cathedral is another place worth visiting. The same goes for St. Fin Barre's Cathedral (the name is after town's founder).

Cork street  inside English Marketu  inside English Market

Blackrock Castle was another point of interest. To get to it we took public transport. Blackrock Castle ist situade in Blackrock village which is the suburbs of the town. This small castle now operates an observatory and a planetarium. We were slightly disappointed for what we had learned about the castle and saw the photos we expected more. Moreover, there are many more interesting thins across Ireland. Blackrock village is quite messy (by the way, Cork is not one of the cleanest towns in Ireland either). It seems like if the castle even didn't belong there. Upon returning to downtown Cork we improved our mood in an inn with live music and great beer (local Beamish beer). Those of you who prefer noght life, Cork is just the place for you because it is vibrat at night. There are traditional Irish pubs as well as modern discos and clubs.

Blackrock Castle   Blackrock Castle

Druhý den již patřil návštěvě Kinsale. Kinsale je rybářské městečko s historických přístavem, které se nachází v hrabství Cork. Je známé svou vojenskou historií a od Corku je vzdálené přibližně 25 km. Toto místo je snad jeho úplným opakem. Svěží přístavní městečko vás okamžitě uvede do skvělé nálady. Barevné stylové domečky a romantické kavárny s růžovou limonádou v nabídce jen přidávají na atmosféře.

touring Kinsale   port, Kinsale

Once we were done walking through the town, we set off along the coastline to see the famous Charles Fort. The ortress was built between the years 1618-1620 by General William Robinson. The place where the fort was built is known as Ringcurran Castle. The fort is build in the shape of a star to withstand cannon attacks. You can see the fortress either alone or accompanied by a guide. There are some interactive features such as screening war scenes with soldiers' singing (although false) in the background. The experience is great. Moreover, the vista over the mouth of the River Bandon is amazing. To reach Cork downtown simply take a bus line from Kinsale port.

Charles Fort   Charles Fort

GPS: (Cork) 51°53'35.8"N 8°29'21.3"W

Text and photos: Veronika Schubertová

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