Now & Then
Kinsale’s past comes to life in our special photo series.
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.
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.irishexaminer.com/nowandthen
“View and purchase from our extensive digital photo archive at irishexaminer.com/photos
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.
Herring fishing at Kinsale in August 1934.