After the spectacular Galley Head our next stop in Cork was the Timoleague Friary Ruins, yet another structure built of stones in Ireland.
The view through an opening onto the cemetery and river.The cemetery.A Celtic cross. The stone walls.A lichen-covered inner sanctum.A rusted gate. Al was using a much better camera than me – his photos are all sharper, darker and bluer than mine.The wide angle lens allows for more drama too.A series of arches framing the world outside the friary. A wedding photographer sets the scene among the ruins – the bride must have been freezing – I know we were!
The informational sign for those who want to know more. After this we headed into the town of Timoleague in search of a pub where we could warm up a bit. Both pubs referenced the Friary. We choose Monk’s Lane as it was toastier.First off a couple of beer tap such as this Green Bullet beer by Mountain Man Brewing Company. This tap caught my eye because of the ‘Howling Gale’ outside. Eight Degrees Brewing has come up with a number of distinctive craft beers. The name of the brewery comes from the fact that Ireland is located at 8° West Longitude, 8° also being the perfect serving temperature for the beer. They don’t say whether that’s °F or °C, and that sounds either too warm or too cold. We had their 8° Hurricane IPA in Dublin and it was one of our faves.I ended up having a James J. Murphy’s beer in honour of our new Aussie-Irish friend of the same name that we had met in Roundstone.
And from here we were onto Kinsale where we saw the old Kinsale Signal Tower and Memorial for the Lusitania.