Now & Then

Kin­sale’s past comes to life in our spe­cial photo se­ries.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Jim Cough­lan

Kin­sale is a his­toric port and fish­ing town in Cork which also has sig­nif­i­cant mil­i­tary his­tory. Lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 25 km south of Cork City near the Old Head of Kin­sale, it sits at the mouth of the River Ban­don and has a pop­u­la­tion of 5,281 at the 2016 cen­sus.

Kin­sale has many pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, which in­clude her­itage, sail­ing, deep-sea an­gling and golf and has been des­ig­nated an Ir­ish Her­itage Town.

Charles Fort, lo­cated at Sum­mer Cove and dat­ing from 1677 in the reign of Charles II, is a bas­tion-fort that guards the en­trance to Kin­sale har­bour.

It was built to pro­tect the area and specif­i­cally the har­bour from use by the French and Span­ish in the event of a land­ing in Ire­land. Some other must see places in­cludes: James Fort, Re­gional Mu­seum, Old Head Kin­sale Golf Links and Des­mond Cas­tle. Not only does Kin­sale lay claim to be­ing one of the old­est towns in Ire­land - dat­ing back to its foun­da­tion in 1333 - it is also renowned in­ter­na­tion­ally for the qual­ity of its restau­rants.

Gourmet Cap­i­tal

Hailed as the ‘Gourmet Cap­i­tal of Ire­land’, it has no short­age of cafés, pubs and restau­rants to suit ev­ery taste.

Kin­sale is part of our Now & Then project. We have taken pic­tures in the same lo­ca­tions as old pho­tos in the Ir­ish

Ex­am­iner archive in towns all around the county. Visit our new Now & Then web­site at projects.irishex­am­

“View and pur­chase from our ex­ten­sive dig­i­tal photo archive at irishex­am­­tos

From mend­ing their nets in Kin­sale in the old days to the bustling tourist vil­lage it is to­day.

View from Scilly Lower Road look­ing to­wards the wa­ter­front at Kin­sale, Co. Cork, at low tide.

Ref. 398B

Her­ring fish­ing at Kin­sale in Au­gust 1934.

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