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Desmond Castle

Kinsale, County Cork

An historical castle located in Kinsale, county Cork

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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.


Directions to Desmond Castle - Kinsale

Located in Kinsale town.

Sat Nav: 51.707260,-8.524691

* Pictures; courtesy of photographic unit of the department of environment, heritage and local government.

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