Snapshots from Ireland Part 1: Kinsale and Charles Fort

As we like a challenge, we organised a family trip to Ireland (somewhat last minute: read very), flying on the evening of the last day of school. Yup. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

With all the end of year crazy, Father’s Day and a birthday to get through before we left, getting us to the airport with packed bags was indeed a challenge.

I hadn’t even started when we dropped the kids to school for their final (half) day of school.

Those were four very productive hours!

We made it to the airport with packed bags, and arrived in Dublin the following morning and drove down to Cork, where my husband grew up.

I think that day will go down as one of the most tired we have ever been as a family, but we made it to the bedtime without falling asleep (bar a couple of naps on plane and in car for the kids) and largely defeated the jet lag. We never quite made it to BST, we hovered somewhere mid-Atlantic, but that worked for us!

It was a lovely break for us all. Some proper down-time for my husband and I, lots of fun days out and plenty of cousin time for the kids. The fact that the weather was (unexpectedly!) fabulous helped.

We spent the first half of our time in Cork, before heading back to Dublin for the second half.

Our first proper day of holiday was spent wandering the streets of Kinsale and then running around Charles Fort.

Kinsale is such a beautiful town, I was in photo heaven. The kids were rather indignant that I wasn’t taking photos of them though. Which, to be fair, is rather unusual… I’d forgotten quite how much I missed wandering along narrow lanes, past such prettily colored shops and windows. I couldn’t resist the photo ops.

I did get some shots of the kids though. Well, a couple!

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After a good wander around the town, we hopped in the car and drove a little further along the coast to Charles Fort. It was getting late in the day at that point, so we didn’t go into the fort itself, but simply enjoyed a walk around the grounds. It was stunning, and a perfect spot for the kids to run around and let off some steam.

Only fair after following their mother around as she took photos of windows and doors.

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We really couldn’t get over the weather, and it was only to get better as our trip went on.

We spent the next week and half outside, visiting places from my husband’s childhood, playing the garden and catching up with family. Watch this space for our next Cork adventures, and our time in Dublin!

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.
Eudora Welty

I began writing ‘Snapshots’ posts last summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Simply capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.


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14 thoughts on “Snapshots from Ireland Part 1: Kinsale and Charles Fort”

  1. How well timed was your visit! It looks stunning and the photo of you all at the end is gorgeous. The places you visit look so quaint and Cornish I couldn’t quite believe it was Ireland, they are clearly quite similar in style. It must have been wonderful for your husband to see family and old childhood places again.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      It was amazingly well timed! The kids were very taken with how pretty everything is (and were a little taken aback by how narrow the roads are!). My husband loved showing them places from his childhood.

  2. I love a good last minute trip. We are awful and even if it is something booked ages in advance we tend to pack last minute. Did you fly drive or hire a car? We have yet to visit Ireland and it does look a great place to visit.

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      We’re always very last minute! We were lucky that one of my husband’s brothers was able to lend us a car to save us from having to hire one.

  3. So your husband is Irish, like mine, I didn’t realise! The weather has been great, hasn’t it? So cool that you got to explore Ireland in the sunshine. Love your photos, especially the colourful windows and shop fronts.
    As an aside, have you heard of film and TV series The Young Offenders? It’s based in Cork and Charles Fort features in it once or twice.

  4. A lovely place to visit. Such quirky shop facades too. I haven’t been to your blog in quite a while and I am so surprised that your eldest is not as tall as you!!!


  5. Love all your photos of your trip to Ireland. Kinsale looks like a beautiful place – love all the different coloured buildings and the photo through the archway at Charles Fort – it just frames that stunning view so perfectly. Glad you did also manage to get a few family photos in too and I love the last one of you all together. #countrykids

  6. Love this snapshot idea, I have so many days I’d love to write about but do little time. Ireland is just beautiful, your photos sum it up perfectly, and great weather. I’ve visited friends Cork a couple of times. #CountryKids

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