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Best of 2005

(January 1st - December 31st, 2005)

Gary O'Brien

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Brian O'Reilly

Charles Fort - The Devil's Bastion

Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

13h36 on 11 July 2005

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© 2005 Brian O'Reilly, All Rights Reserved.

As I live near Kinsale it is only natural that I would have some images of Charles Fort.

Situated about 2 km. from Kinsale it is an easy walk along a lovely sea shore path.

This Vauban inspired star shaped fort was built in 1677. Previously, there had been a Norman fort on the site. Across the harbour are the remains of the older James Fort. In 1922 the fort interior was extensively damaged during the Irish Civil War.

On 7 May 1915, the passenger liner 'Lusitania' was torpedoed about 20 km. outside the harbour entrance while sailing to Cork. 1,201 people died. The tragedy influenced the USA to enter 'The Great War'. There is a memorial near 'The Old Head of Kinsale' and more extensive information in 'Cobh' in Cork harbour where many of the rescued survivors were landed.

Now in the hands of the Office of Public Works, Charles Fort and James Fort are is being slowly and carefully restored.

Go to our interactive linked series of 11 panoramas with a plan of the fort to see many more views.

If in Kinsale - come and see the real thing!
Check out our main website here 'Four Plus Four'

Also check our 'Panoramas.ie' website for more panoramas from Ireland
Nikon D70s and Nikkor 10.5 mm Lens - See 'Behind the scene' above for more information
Behind the scene : How this panorama was made
The date was 11 July 2005 and time was 13h36 - so the sun was fairly high. And yes the sky was that blue and cloud free.

I shot a total of 11 Panoramas. These were processed and then linked together and finally overlaid on a plan of the fort. To show you where you are in the fort - arrows were added to the plan to show the direction you are viewing.

To see this multi-node panorama of Charles Fort - go Here and click on 'Charles Fort'

This panorama was shot using a Nikon D70s with a Nikkor 10.5 mm lens.

The camera was mounted on a Precision360 panoramic head on a Manfrotto tripod.

The RAW images were first processed in Nikon Capture and then stitched using PTMac

CubicConverter and CubicConnector from Click Here Design were used to complete the panoramas.

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