Hi all, have read and would highly recommend an Irish history book called "The Twilight Lords"(forget authors name, sorry!)
,happened to be working near Smerwick recently and took the opportunity to have a look at Del Oro on the coast, scene
of an epic siege and one of the most gruesome prisoner killing operations of the Desmond rebellion era. What a grim monument!(would have to be I suppose...). Although most of the area has been levelled out by a few centuries of farming etc the fenced off section still bears the troughs and contours of what stood there. All Ive heard about and read about in the mainstream histories and stuff is usually "Kinsale" this and "Kinsale"that, to the detriment of this no less important battle/siege.
Im probably preaching to the converted anyway but if ye're travelling through Kerry during the Summer its worth going a short distance off the main tourist routes, and with the benefit of a little prior research certainly makes for an interesting visit. Im certainly glad I live in the modern age - wouldnt fancy all that "Hewing and Paunching" carry-on one bit!