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Battle of Kinsale

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In 1601, Kinsale was the site of a battle in which English forces defeated an Irish/Spanish force (see Siege of Kinsale). Following this battle the Flight of the Earls occurred in which a number of the Irish aristocracy abandoned their lands and fled to mainland Europe.

In 1690, James II of England. following his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne, departed to France.

Charles Fort, located at Summer Cove and dating from 1677, is a fortification that guards the entrance to Kinsale harbor. It was built to protect the area and specifically the harbor from use by the French and Spanish in landing in Ireland. James Fort is located on the other side of the cove. An underwater chain used to be strung between the two forts across the harbor mouth during times of war to scuttle enemy shipping by ripping the bottom out of incoming vessels.

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