My offering for Thursday Doors this week comes to us courtesy of my older brother, Nik! He read my posting about the heavily debated “Hobbit Door” and sent me a picture of a (much younger) me standing next to what might just be another Hobbit door. He took this of me in 1994 at Desmond Castle (Caisleán Deasmhumhan) in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. He and I were on vacation with my parents…
The following information about Desmond Castle comes from Heritage Ireland.
“Desmond Castle was built by the Earl of Desmond c. 1500. A fine example of an urban tower house, the castle consists of a three storey keep with storehouses to the rear. Originally built as a Customs house, the castle also served as a prison in the 18th century (it is known locally as the French Prison) an ordnance store during the Battle of Kinsale (1601) and as a workhouse during the Great Famine. By the early decades of the 20th Century Desmond castle had fallen into decay. It was declared a National Monument in 1938. Today Desmond Castle hosts the International Museum of Wine Exhibition, an intriguing story that documents the unique history of Ireland’s wine links with Europe and the wider world.
Location: In Kinsale town, 300 metres from Garda (Police) barracks along Cork street. Close to Carmelite Friary.”
And, the Blurb: Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Visit Norm 2.0 for more doors and details. When you get to Norm’s site….NO LUKE…USE THE BLUE FROG, LUKE!!!