Street Art, Dublin
View of ocean from Sandmount, near Castletownbere
Lee River, Cork City
James Fort and Charles Fort, Kinsale
Started in Dublin. What a great city! Very walkable, and beautiful parks. The Liffey bridges have been fun.
We now live outside Castletownbere, a small town on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork County. It's one of the largest fishing villages in Ireland and the starting point for many hikes in and around the peninsula. We're staying at a house called Sandmount, off a gravel road that takes you directly to the ocean, about 1/8 mile from our house. The house has been in the O'Leary family since the 1800's.
We moved to Cork City in Ireland, the second largest city in the Republic. It's a very old city, with a lot of history. St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, next to where we're staying, is on a site that has been a place of worship since the 600s. The city is defined by the Lee River.
Our first stop was Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, a lovely seaside village in the south of Ireland.
Kinsale has an interesting history. It is known for the battle of Kinsale. Here is a link to the whole story:
The gist is Kinsale was the site for the ultimate battle in England's conquest of Gaelic Ireland, which began in October 1601, near the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and at the climax of the Nine Years' War. There are two amazing forts to visit, James Fort and Charles Fort. Look for pictures of our walks to both in our photos.