We picked up our rental car and started off down the wrong side of the road. Destination: Cork. Cork lies in the Cork and Kerry region (100 miles from Dublin), in the South West of Ireland. On the way, we needed lunch and coffee so we stopped in the little town of Fermoy. Liz’s band Leaping Lulu plays dozens of Irish tunes and many have names after regions or towns in Ireland; Sligo Rag, Queen of Connemara, Queen of Argyle and Fermoy Lasses. A cute town to be sure, and plenty of Lasses. Beyond that, who knows?
When I was in Ireland in 1998, the food was a bit on the boring side you could say. Not no mo’. Great food and great coffee. And as you see above, they still have books stores…..and record stores (Tower Records still lives!), and barber shops. They must cut their hair and shave all the time because there are almost as many barbershops as there are pubs.
Anyway, off we go to Cork. Cork is a port town. Most significantly, it handled the majority of imports and exports for Ireland. It also has the the butter museum (the biggest export of Ireland) and more importantly, the Jameson Distillery. This was also the last stop for the ill fated Titanic and the Lusitania was sunk by the Germans just off the coast. Otherwise, it is really just a smaller version of Dublin. After walking the town and eating at a pub with good music and fabulous Irish Stew, we decided to visit the nearby port village of Kinsale.
Kinsale is the most picturesque village you could imagine. We spent all day walking along the seaside and in the village.
Out on the peninsula lies Ireland’s oldest remaining fort, Fort Charles. It protected the coastal port of Kinsale and staged many battles against various antagonists since 1200. the ruins are quite extensive and impressive. Much of it remains in such a way that you can easily decipher the use of each structure.
Today, we are off to Galway. We will stop by the Lakes of Killarney and the Cliffs of Moher on our way. Tomorrow we will hang in the town of Galway and then off to Connemara National park on Monday. Tuesday we drive back to Dublin and fly on to see our relatives in Gourock, just outside of Glasgow. ‘Til then!