Thursday, October 19, 2017

Desmond Castle



Desmond Castle "was built as the Customs House for Kinsale about the year 1500 by Maurice FitzGerald, 9th Earl of Desmond, following the grant of the customs of the port of Kinsale to the Earls of Desmond by King Henry VII in 1497. Presumably there must have been an earlier structure on the site as the 1st Earl was Captain of Desmond Castle.




It was used as a Customs House until 1641 when it was converted into a naval prison, following the construction of a new Customs House. The prisoners kept in the Castle were in the main French and Spanish, and the building became known locally as the 'French Prison' as a result.

In January 1747, a fire broke out, killing 54 of the prisoners. In 1791, the castle was donated by James Kearney MP to the town of Kinsale, and it was subsequently used as a town gaol till 1846, and during the Irish Famine as a workhouse. In 1938, it was taken into government hands, and in the 1990s was restored and opened to the public by the Office of Public Works" (Wikipedia).


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Companion


Just this last shot of my companion who accompanied me through two visits to Fangorn before I move on to a couple more sights in Kinsale and then to Cobh which has been so battered by Hurricane Ophelia.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ruins


Never learned anything about these old ruins near the river. The bricks and stones are now greatly overgrown with ferns and vines--very Fangorn-like. I've been wondering how the friends I made in this area fared as Hurricane Ophelia passed.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fangorn?



"Fangorn Forest was said to be humid, and trunks and branches grew thick where very little light penetrated the forest. Similarly, Fangorn was said to be a dangerous and evil place like Mirkwood (where huge spiders roamed the forest and other evil creatures lay), but this was not the case following the events of The Lord of the Rings. The forest was home to many different kinds of trees. Huorns also lived in the forest, similar to Ents but more discreet. Most lived deep in the Forest of Fangorn. The Ents and Huorns drank from the river Entwash, and from it the Ents brewed their legendary drink, the Ent-draughts" (Wikipedia).

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Crimson & the Yellow


Now that I've learned the difference (I hope!) between Gorse and Scotch Broom, here's a few lines devoted to the latter:
Oh the Broom, the yellow Broom,
The ancient poet sung it,
And dear it is on summer days
To lie at rest among it. 
I know the realms where people say
The flowers have not their fellow;
I know where they shine out like suns,
The crimson and the yellow. 
I know where ladies live enchained
In luxury's silken fetters,
And flowers as bright as glittering gems
Are used for written letters. 
But ne'er was flower so fair as this,
In modern days or olden;
It groweth on its nodding stem
Like to a garland golden. 
And all about my mother's door
Shine out its glittering bushes,
And down the glen, where clear as light
The mountain-water gushes. 
Take all the rest; but give me this,
And the bird that nestles in it;
I love it, for it loves the Broom -
The green and yellow linnet. 
Well call the rose the queen of flowers,
And boast of that of Sharon,
Of lilies like to marble cups,
And the golden rod of Aaron: 
I care not how these flowers may be
Beloved of man and woman;
The Broom it is the flower for me,
That groweth on the common. 
Oh the Broom, the yellow Broom,
The ancient poet sung it,
And dear it is on summer days
To lie at rest among it.