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Favorite thing: This little lane runs uphill from the Giant's Cottage to Desmond Castle. It's impossible not to stop to admire its tiny colourful houses with funny names.
In the 15th - 16th centuries the old harbour of Kinsale used to be situated at the bottom of the lane and Desmond Castle served as a customs house. One of the castle museum's exhibits is a sedan chair, which was used to transport merchants from their ships to the castle to settle their bills with the customs. The men who carried them lived in the small houses in what is now Chairman's Lane, which explains its name. I cannot be sure if the Giant's Cottage belonged to the Giant of Kinsale (see my tip on the Old Courthouse) nor do I know why the charming tiny blue house in the picture bears the name of the Mansion House, but the names are enchanting as is the street itself.
I certainly wouldn't mind living in one of these little houses myself!
Updated Aug 10, 2007
Favorite thing: The area around Kinsale is just as it should be on the Green Island - GREEN! =) Many lovely green field can be found here.
Updated Sep 23, 2003
Favorite thing: Gorgeous view of the bay from Carles Fort! I would recommend taking the short hike from the Fort to town! Beautiful!
Written Jun 27, 2003
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