retread#35: county cork

Our third Irish port on our anniversary trip was County Cork, Republic of Ireland. We docked at Cobh on a decidedly gray day. It rained on and off until early afternoon but that didn’t much dampen our spirits!

Cobb itself is a lovely little city. Perfectly walkable and interesting in and of itself. I’d booked a tour with Helena through Tours by Locals to venture over to Kindle. We tooled around Cobh for a little bit, stopping by a beautiful and massive church viewable from the shop. Mass was almost underway so we didn’t go inside. Before long we were on our way to our primary destination, Kinsale.

Kinsale was lovely, just as advertised. This colorful, quaint fishing village is known as the foodie capital of County Cork for good reason. We had a delicious lunch and I savored the seafood chowder, every bit as good as the Fullerton Arms. Oh, my mercy. I would eat this every day if I could! With lots of little shops and a marina, Kinsale is a pleasant place to wander around — even in the rain.

We stretched our legs in a misty drizzle at Charles Fort, walking all the way to the water’s edge while Helena relayed the local history. There was something about a love lost and ghost who haunts the fort, as I recall. It was a nice quiet meander; admittedly, I wasn’t paying close attention, more interested in flora and fauna in this out of the way corner of  County Cork.

Our final stop was at the massive Blarney Woolen Mill. Such an array of knits and tweeds, super soft fibers and oh, I could have spent an entire day there, no problem. It’s probably a good thing we didn’t have more time as my wallet already felt the pinch!

~ René Morley

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