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John C. McCornack
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John McCornack at Kinsale

Dinner at Kinsale

Kinsale is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast. it is a centre for yachting, sea angling, gourmet restaurants and golf. Kinsale can easily claim its place amongst Ireland's most historic locations for this has been a centre of population, commerce, trade and fishing far beyond memory and record.

In its earliest days the estuary of the Bandon River gave it great importance as the river is tidal as far as Innishannon and water transport was dominant until the 18th Century.The estuary also provided excellent anchorage for ancient shipping which went in peril of the vagaries of the weather. The Town nestles between the hills and the shoreline, a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water and little changed in many hundreds of years. Amongst buildings of later periods are those of another age with historical links to the French, Spanish, British and Americans.

The Battle of Kinsale, fought in 1602 between a combined Spanish, an Irish force and English armies, was a turning point in Irish history. The harbour is guarded by two very fine star-shaped fortresses built in the 17th century: Charles Fort is well worth a visit (guided tours). See also the old Courthouse, now a museum; St Multose Church, built in the 13th century and still in use, and 'French Prison', the 16th century Desmond Castle. There is a signposted tourist trail to this fascinating town with a guide booklet. Take a trip too to the Old Head of Kinsale for magnificent cliff scenery. It was off here that the Lusitania was sunk in 1915 with a loss of over 1,500 lives.

Waterford glass

Hand blowing Waterford Crystal

In 1783, businessmen George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House in the busy port of Waterford, Ireland, and began to make crystal "as fine a quality as any in Europe ... in the most elegant style." The Penroses knew the secret of mingling minerals and glass to create crystal with beauty and mystery. When tapped, it sang sweetly. When touched, it felt warm and soft. Yet it possessed strength and durability and, most wonderful of all, the crystal shone with a romantic, silvery brilliance. Patience, skill, and artistry had forged a triumph.

In 1851, Waterford Crystal won several gold medals and universal acclaim at the Great Exhibition in London, but just as Waterford's art was reaching its full bloom, the financial climate turned grim. In the same year, the Waterford factory was forced to close, largely due to heavy excise duties. Waterford Crystal's great tradition lay dormant for a hundred years. But when Irish independence rekindled a passion for the Irish arts in the 1940's and 1950's, a group of businessmen resolved to bring back to life the legacy that had made Waterford synonymous with the finest crystal in the world.

In 1947, they recruited a small group of artisans and, under the guidance of these masters, young apprentices learned the art of Waterford Crystal made famous by their skilled countrymen decades before. By 1951, Waterford Crystal was again launched on the world market. When, in the early 1960's, demand began to exceed supply, a larger glass works was built. This was later expanded until, by the 1980's, Waterford Crystal was the largest producer of hand-crafted crystal in the world.

Handcut

Hand cutting crystal

McDonalds

Breakfast at McDonald’s

Sleeping Cat

Sleeping cat at Waterford Castle

Waterford Castle, located 2 miles from Waterford City is uniquely situated on its' own private 310 acre island on the River Suir, surrounded by woodlands and an 18 hole championship golf course. Waterford Castle offers accommodation of a superb standard and is currently the only 5 Star Hotel in the South East of Ireland. The Castle's 19 bedrooms are bright and airy with stunning views of the surrounding estate, the guests live here rather than simply stay.

The Castle was never out of the social limelight and figured prominently in the 18th century as the home of Mary Frances Fitzgerald, a formidable lady, who dominated the social world of the time. At one stage engaged to the Duke of Wellington - The Iron Duke, who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo and later became a British Prime Minister - she broke off the engagement to marry her first cousin, John Purcell in 1801. An extravagant lady who was in the habit, on her return to the family seat, of being rowed in state across the river with twenty-four musicians playing in the barge.

Butchers at Kinsale, Ireland

Butchers at Kinsale

John walking in the Ireland country side

John McCornack

Kinsale

Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland. Famous for its beautiful yachting, sea angling, Dolphin & Whale Watching Trips, gourmet restaurants and golf. For those of you who would like to improve your English, there is the excellent Kinsale School of English and Art galleries

Kinsale can easily claim its place amongst Ireland's most historic locations for this has been a centre of population, commerce, trade and fishing far beyond memory and record. In its earliest days the estuary of the Bandon River gave it great importance as the river is tidal as far as Innishannon and water transport was dominant until the 18th Century.

The estuary also provided excellent anchorage for ancient shipping which went in peril of the vagaries of the weather.

Kinsale town nestles between the hills and the shoreline, a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water and little changed in many hundreds of years. Amongst buildings of later periods are those of another age with historical links to the French, Spanish, British and Americans.

HISTORY

The Battle of Kinsale, fought in 1601 between a combined Spanish, an Irish force and English armies, was a turning point in Irish history.

The harbour is guarded by two very fine star-shaped fortresses built in the 17th century: Charles Fort is well worth a visit (guided tours). See also the old Courthouse, now a museum; St Multose Church, built in the 13th century and still in use, and 'French Prison', the 16th century Desmond Castle. There is a signposted tourist trail to this fascinating town with a guide booklet. Take a trip too to the Old Head of Kinsale for magnificent cliff scenery. It was off here that the Lusitania was sunk in 1915 with a loss of over 1,500 lives.

http://www.cork-guide.ie/kinsale.htm

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Dennis Thoren look at sail boats

Sail boats

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When we think of Ireland we think about
Shamrock’s, dancing and drinkin’ beer

But all of it is so very much fun
We just love St. Patrick’s Day cheer.

M. I. Lusby
2-23-12

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The Amazing Kinsale

If you want to do some traveling
Ireland is the place to go
Seeped in ancient history
You’ll be fascinated with it so

Kinsale will make you welcome
Anything you’d want to do is there
Whether yachting, fishing or golf
Or a delicious gourmet fare

Nestled between hills and shore
Such a beautiful place to go
While standing on the reaching cliffs
You’ll see an amazing scene below

And oh, the Waterford crystal
You know, this is where it’s made
Clear back in 1873 it began
Though the arts had been delayed

Secret minerals made a special tone
No other crystal sounds the same
Its beauty is of the finest quality
It has gained tremendous fame

So as you can see, folks
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Ireland is where you need to visit
Go to Kinsale without delay!

Marilyn Lott (c) 2006

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Learn to know Don

Photo by John McCornack

1. There is an enormous contrast between life as we know it today and life as it was in your childhood.

2. Between then and now, the most remarkable period of progress in world history has occurred.

3. Yesterday’s hardships have been replaced with comfort and convenience.

4. We have much for which to be thankful because of the differences made by our elder generations.

5. Your progressive mindedness put us all on a good path and helped set the tone for continued progress in the future.

6. Progress is defined as moving forward or onward toward a destination or goal.

7. It is to develop, advance or improve upon what we have now so we can meet our ever changing future need.

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Green Trees

Green is for the lovely trees
That surrounds my property
Springtime opens up their buds
And brings a smile to me.

Some open up flower buds like
Rhododendrons for the bees
Nothing makes me happier than
My extraordinary green trees.

Elizabeth Anderson
3-4-14

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Memories of the good times
Downtown Foss, Oklahoma in the 1960’s

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A Spanish Cove special memory

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Roger ~ 2015 Chili Cook-off

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Thanks for spending a little time in my world!

John McCornack

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