We took a bus from Cork City south to Kinsale, touted as "historic harbour town and
gourmet centre" on a very warm (for Ireland), sunny Sunday.
It was crowded, busy beyond expectations as a large cruise ship had arrived in the
nearby port of Cobh and passengers were directed to Kinsale for their afternoon ashore.
We loved this town!
Not long off the bus and we heard the somewhat mournful sound of a
distant bagpipe. We followed the sound only to find up a small hill toward a church
a lovely sight, children lining up in preparation for a parade to celebrate their
Another church we visited was St. Multose, erected in 1190 by the Normans,
probably on the site of an earlier 6th century Celtic foundation. It is one of
the oldest surviving churches in Ireland and has been witness to many
important events in history.
Situated high on a hill, we spent time in the ancient graveyard and
lovely SEA GARDEN, a tiny walled space dedicated to the memory of Kinsale's
sailors and fishermen.
After enjoying a wander through the colorful streets, and viewing the busy boating
community in the harbor, we asked a local lady in a gift shop for a traditional pub
recommendation where they served good home cooked Irish food, and we
could grab a much-needed cool drink.
She sent us here to the renowned Kitty O Se's for bowls of steaming seafood
chowder - a great choice. We tried many seafood chowders all over Ireland - all
were very good, Kitty's was excellent, definitely the best one.
We met delightful, vivacious owner Eileen who made us
so welcome - love the wording on her card, "The place to be, the home of good
music, song and craic".
Sadly we had to hop on the bus back to the city or
we would have stayed for the evening of music and more.
If you are ever in Kinsale, stop by Kitty O Se's - I hear they also have the
best fish and chips, and the staff and service were great.
Oh beautiful Ireland, I'm missing you so much!