Ireland celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. The Easter Rising was the launch of the Irish Republicans to end British Rule. It is considered one of the most significant rebellions in Ireland’s history. We went down to Cork’s city center to watch the ceremony. There were thousands of people, flags were at half-staff honoring those who lost their lives in the rebellion. They had speakers and Irish music was played. We spent the rest of the day strolling around the city center area.
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Easter Rising - Irish flag at half-staff
Images around Cork
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral Cork
Cork street signs - all signs, whether they are street or building signs, are in Gaelic and English. Gaelic is Ireland's native tongue.
We used the public transportation and took a bus down to Kinsale. It is an adorable small town. We hiked out to Fort Charles, a 17th century star shaped fort. From the fort there are amazing views of Kinsale and the Atlantic. On the walk back to town we stopped at Bulman’s Pub for fish and chips and a pint! Our next stop was Desmond Castle which is a tower house. It was used as a prison at one point, some of the prisoners were Americans from the American Revolutionary War serving in the Navy.
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Images of Kinsale
Wanda working on her beer-stache at Bulman's
Desmond Castle and photos of what happens to Sean after Wanda takes him to one-too-many museums.
Drive back from Kinsale
We went down to the Cork City and County Archives so Wanda could meet with them to answer some genealogy questions. We also went to the Butter Museum which was actually very interesting. We went back to our room early to pack up since we are headed to Killarney on the 31st. Olivia, the owner of the house where we are renting an AirBnB room, informed us that her grandmother on her mom’s side was a McCarthy. She told Sean they could be distant cousins. I have posted a photo of Olivia and Sean so you can all see the family resemblance.
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Sean and Olivia