Ireland – Kinsale & Bantry

– AUGUST 05, 2015

Travelling along our south/west/north route over Ireland brings us through the towns of Kinsale and Bantry.  After kissing the Blarney Stone we are looking through a couple of Irish towns for inspiration.

Kinsale was a charming town with the typical Irish main street lined with small pubs.  We had a snack here and then wandered the city in search of blog-worthy images.  We found an interesting church with a cemetery in the main yard.

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church & Cemetery in Kinsale

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St. Multose Church Interior

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St. Multose Church Interior

We then continued on our drive west-bound and found ourselves in the town of Bantry.  While the town itself was again quite charming, there was an old castle turned into a museum to tell the story of prisoners & the town history in the area…a weird combination.

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Bantry castle museum for prisoners – a prisoner courtyard.

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Bantry castle museum for prisoners – an office area.

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Bantry castle museum for prisoners – a display for transporting wine.

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Bantry castle museum for prisoners – a prisoner cell complete with a plastic rat.

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Bantry castle museum for prisoners – a display showing a prisoner getting some quality outdoor time. The info poster tells the story of how prisoners had to buy their own food and medical assistance or they would die. I always thought that back then a prisoner would have had their stuff stolen when they were jailed…where did they have money for food?

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Bantry castle museum for prisoners – stained glass window.

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Bantry castle museum for prisoners – architectural model of the castle to scale.

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Bantry castle museum for prisoners – a local wine exhibit in the prisoner museum. Yup…weird.

We then returned back to the road for some coastal driving on the south edge of Ireland.  We came across some locations that just screamed for us to stop and take a photo.

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The Irish south coast.

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The Irish south coast.

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The Irish south coast – an old stone building.

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The Irish south coast – Jill getting a closer look at an old stone building.

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The Ireland south coast was beautiful.

We continued the south coast drive until it was time to turn north along the west coast.  This will take us to the Ring of Kerry and the highly anticipated Skellig Michael boat tour.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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