The White lady is a name you will come across very frequently in Kinsale, the popular White Lady Night Club being just one example.The legend of the white lady tells the story of Willful Warrender , daughter of an 18th century Governor of Charles Fort. On her wedding night, Willful and her new husband ( an officer at the fort) were strolling on the ramparts when she spotted a beautiful flower down below that she set her heart on having. Her new husband obliged by asking the sentry on duty to climb down for it while he took his place in the sentry box. The groom however, had had one too many (it was his wedding day after all) and fell asleep . Enter the Governor who spots the sleeping sentry and, in the rather churlish manner of the time, shot him dead. Poor Willful couldn't handle this tragedy and threw herself off the battlements. This story could quite possibly be credible after consuming several pints of Kinsale beer, and who knows if you're around in October you might even see Willful's ghost wandering round the ramparts in her wedding dress.
As if Kinsale wasn't sufficiently exciting on the food front, they also have their very own beer.
The Kinsale brewing company is situated on The Glen, which is to the right off Pearse Street and parallel with Newman's Mall. The brewery is in an old malthouse dating from 1703 and there is also a very nice beer garden for al fresco consumption. The beer is available in any of the pubs in Kinsale and I am told by my nearest and dearest that it is very flavoursome.
If you want to check this out for yourself there are tours daily during the summer months and by arrangement at any time. The beer garden is usually hopping with activity and is a very popular place to go for watching footie while exercising your elbow.
Went to Charles Fort not far from Kinsale to explore the Fort and ended up in the middle of a movie filming. Not sure I'm part of the movie, but it also might be that I'm somewhere in the far background (if the editor forgot to clip some takes). So what's the movie about? Heh, not really sure, but I remember some fragments that the actor said: "...and all Irish should be equal to the English...".
Most are open 9 am to 6 pm, closed Sunday. Some shops are open on Sundays and late evenings.
Bars and Pubs
Mon, Tue and Wed 10.30 am to 11.30 pm
Thu, Fri and Sat 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Sunday 12.30 to 11.00 pm
Most offices are open 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday with a lunchbreak from 1 pm to 2 pm.
Restaurants Most begin their evening orders at 7.00-7.30 pm with last orders taken at around 10.00 pm.
Allied Irish Banks (AIB) Pearse Street 477 2157 Fax 477 2765 Mon 10 am-5 pm and Tues-Fri 10 am-4 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday
AIB Bureau de Change Pearse Street 477 2157 Fax 477 2765 Summer only: 5 pm-10pm Mon-Fri, Sat 10 am-10 pm, Sun 10 am-9 pm
Bank of Ireland (BOI) Emmet Street 477 2521 Mon 10 am-5pm and Tues-Fri 10 am-4 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday
BOI Bureau de Change Emmet Street 477 2521 Same hours as bank
Other Bureau de Change Facilities :
Post Office Pearse Street 477 2246 9.00-5.30 pm Mon-Sat, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
Bolands Newsagents Emmet Street 477 2161 Normal working hours
Cronin's of Kinsale Emmet Street 477 2192 Normal working hours
Actons Hotel Pier Road 477 2135 Service available to hotel guests only
We have found that dining out in Ireland is a lot different than in the USA. Instead of being rushed through dinner so someone else can have your table, dinner is more of a leasure event in Ireland. There is no rush for you to eat and leave. The staff will be bustling about making sure everything is taken care of, but your meal is not rushed at all. Sometimes a table will only see one set of guests in an evening. Meals come in courses with plenty of time to enjoy them at the nice restaurants in Kinsale. Water, usually with lemon slices in it, brown bread served first, than your appetizer, followed by your main course, and then coffee or tea and dessert. Also, instead of putting your check on the table, they wait for you to ask for it. They seem to go out of their way not to rush you.
Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!
REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke inside bars, cafes or restaurants, or anywhere where people are working (e.g. taxis, offices etc.)
The legislation is officially known as the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, see link to it below for a summary.
You may smoke in outside in the street or in designated smoking areas, but never inside a place where people are working (includes offices, bars, restaurants, shops, shopping centres, taxis, etc)
Effective March 29, 2004, the Irish Government has implemented a ban smoking in the workplace in Ireland. This means that with effect from that date smoking is forbidden in enclosed places of work in Ireland. This includes office blocks, various buildings, public houses/bars, restaurants and company vehicles.
Any person found guilty of breaching the ban on smoking in the workplace may be subject to a fine of 3,000 euro. The owner, manager or person in charge of the workplace is legally responsible for ensuring that the ban on smoking in the workplace is complied with.
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