Along the coast road from Kinsale is the atmospheric village of Timoleague dominated by the ruins of the 13th Century Franciscan Abbey which itself is built on the site of a 6th century monastic settlement of Saint Molaga. The name Timoleague is based on the Gaelic name of Tigh Molaga or House of Molaga. The neighbouring fishing village of Courtmacsherry is a little gem of a village  just five minutes off the main Kinsale to Clonakilty road the R600. It has been a weekend hideaway for many decades for those fleeing the pressures of city life and has evolved into a tourist destination in its own right. A vibrant local community organises events throughout the year from the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade to the not to be missed horse racing on  sand at low tide in July each year (Sunday 18th July in 2010).

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