Kinsale

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Take a painting holiday in Kinsale, one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations, and stimulate and revitalise your senses. Work with others and learn new techniques, feed your inspiration, make new friends and if that isn’t enough, after the painting day is done, enjoy the delights of some of the finest seafood restaurants in Ireland.

Louise McKeon, a very talented, local artist, whose work is much in demand, runs her own art school. Louise is an enthusiastic and patient art teacher who has been teaching her skills, to all levels of students, for more than 20 years. Louise creates a warm and friendly atmosphere ideally suited to learning. A testament to this is that her longest running adult art class has been in existence, on a weekly basis, for the last 12 years.

Contact Louise if you are interested in taking a painting class or course whilst on vacation in Kinsale.

This historic town has many inspirational structures and scenes including:
James Fort, built in 1602 to defend the town after the Irish & Spanish were defeated at the Battle of Kinsale.
Charles Fort constructed in 1677 is one of the finest surviving examples of a star shaped fort.
Desmond Castle (1420) used as a customhouse by the Earl of Desmond and now home to the “Wine Geese”, Ireland’s only International Wine Museum.
The Market House Museum (Old Courthouse) was built circa 1600 and houses a local museum.
St Multose Church built in the 12th century by the Normans who settled in Kinsale in 1179.
Municipal hall and Bowling Green was constructed in 1736 as a recreational centre for Kinsale’s gentry.
The inner harbour with its colourful marina taking in stunning views of Compass Hill, Charles & James Forts contains scenes that Louise has captured in all seasons.
The Old Head of Kinsale and its rugged coastline provides further inspiration to Louise and visitors alike.

Kinsale also offers a wide range of outdoor activities for visitors including; bird watching, historic walking tours, bicycle rental, Harbour cruises, Ghost Tours, sightseeing (www.roadrunners-tours.com), Sail Ireland Charters provides daily sails on luxury yachts (www.sailireland.com) , fishing and deep sea angling (www.kinsale-angling.com) and golfing. One of the finest golf courses in the world, Old Head, is located 10 miles from Kinsale (www.oldheadgolflinks.com) and Farrangalway the home of Kinsale Golf Club offers 27 holes and is only a few miles away (www.kinsalegolf.com). If you want to make your painting holiday a family event bring the kids and book them into an activity, adventure holiday at Oysterhaven (www.oysterhaven.com) or the Outdoor Education Centre (www.kinsaleoutdoors.com). For more information about Kinsale check out the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism website at www.kinsale.ie.

Accommodation
There is an abundant supply of top class Hotel, B&B and self-catering accommodation all within a short distance – See www.kinsale.ie. For those requiring assistance in arranging accommodation Louise will be happy to oblige with suggestions. Otherwise contact Marie at www.sportingtoursireland.ie who can take care of all your arrangements.