Monday, 12 April 2010


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The star-shaped Charles Fort was a tough station. Blasphemy was punishable by “boring the tongue” with a red hot iron. More controversial still was the “cat o’ nine tails” flogging punishment, introduced in the early 18th century.

If you came back wounded, you were at the mercy of the surgeons. But while the title sounds good, these guys were handy at blood-letting and amputation and little else apparently.

Most of the punishments were carried out on the parade ground, to create the maximum impression on potential offenders. Nowadays, the grounds of the 17th century fort are much more civilised. But, if those walls could talk, what a tale they’d tell.

Overlooking the harbour and town of Kinsale, it is scenically situated and a lovely and interesting visit at a very reasonable cost of just four euro per adult. For more info on the fort, associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history, see
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