September 16th, 2011
From the end of the Scilly Walk, it’s only a short walk into Kinsale. And I had a look around its colourful streets to take some more photographs.
In the Old Courthouse I found the Kinsale Heritage Museum, which I’d been recommended to visit. It’s only open on Thursdays and Fridays, but it’s free to enter (donations appreciated).
Although it’s small, there’s just about everything here with a connection to what went on in Kinsale in the past; farming, printing, metalwork and even the old Kinsale Fire Engine. There’s a lot of maritime stuff here, too, for it was once an important port and home to three shipyards. The centrepiece is a collection of artefacts from the ‘Lusitania’, which was torpedoed off Old Kinsale Head during the First World War … some of the victims are buried in the nearby churchyard.
Probably the most amusing of the artefacts was a copy of a ‘presentation’, complaining about certain unsavoury citizens who ‘… make a practice of brewing with gutter water which it is feared may cause infection, or by such nasty custom at least bring a filthy report upon the place …’
I believe I once had some of that beer … but only once!