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Places to Visit in Kinsale, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Desmond Castle<br>(French Prison), Kinsale

Desmond Castle
(French Prison)

Cork Street,
County Cork
Tel: +353(0) 21 477 4855

Built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond c. AD 1500, Desmond Castle has a colourful history, ranging from Spanish occupation in 1601 to use as a prison for captured American sailors during the American War of Independence. Known locally as 'The French Prison' after a tragic fire in which 54 prisoners, mainly French seamen, died in 1747. The Castle was also used as a borough jail from 1791 to the onset of the Great Famine when it was used as an auxiliary workhouse tending to the starving populace. The International Museum of Wine opened in Desmond Castle in 1997. It features an exhibition which documents the intriguing story of Ireland's wine links with Europe and the wider world from the early modern period to the present day. Access to site is by stone stairway.

Wine Museum Exhibition.

600 Metres from Guard Well along Cork Street - close to Franciscan Friary. (Kinsale is a Heritage Town)

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