Kinsale, a municipal borough, seaport, and important fishing station in Co. Cork, 24 miles S.S.W. of Cork by railway. The town, which is quaint and picturesque, is situated on the slope of Compass Hill, overlooking the winding estuary of the Bandon, which forms a fine natural harbour. The antiquities include a 14th-century church and a ruined castle of the De Courcys, some two centuries older. A part of the town, called the "World's End," is still inhabited by the descendants of the Spaniards who landed here in support of the O'Neill confederacy, and held the town for ten months against Lord Mountjoy and Sir George Carew (1601-2). James II. landed (1689) and reembarked (1690) here, and a house in which he lodged was preserved till 1884.