Kinsale: Bad Day for Ireland

published 14 years ago by Rick Steves

Wherever you travel in Europe, a local guide, like Kinsale's Don Herlihy, can bring the region's history to life. In 1601, Irish patriots, chafing under English rule, conspired with the Spanish fleet to drive the English out. In a dramatic battle around the port of Kinsale, the Irish and Spanish were routed, and Ireland would be denied its independence for three centuries. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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