The revival of Kinsale is linked to the town's architectural past. A plan is now in place to refurbish 300 year old almshouses.

The renovation of buildings in the historic fishing village is being undertaken to maintain the character of Kinsale, in County Cork.

Kinsale's survival is linked with its past, its traditions, its architecture, its charm. Kinsale contrasts the old and the new and takes a conscious pride in its history.

Many believe that the revival of the town is down to the restoration of its old courthouse, and the locals aren't stopping there. 

A committee is planning the restoration of the almshouses, built almost 300 years ago by Sir Robert Southwell. Sir Robert, a native of Kinsale, built the houses specifically for the old and poor of Kinsale. 

He resolved that as God should give him ability and opportunity, he would make provision for some helpless and decayed old people, that they might shelter and be provided with some conveniences towards ending their days in rest.

Now only one of the houses is lived in with the others unoccupied since the end of World War II. The buildings are in need of extensive repair and modernisation. 

The committee, headed by the Reverend Oliver Peer, has been set up to fund projects like the restoration of these cottages.  Reverend Peer feels that these "gift houses" as they are called, are worth restoring on both historical and charitable grounds. The work will cost £5,000 and Reverend Peer is determined to carry out the wishes of the original donor of the houses Sir Robert Southwell in providing housing for the old and destitute. 

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 8 February 1967. The reporter is Bill O'Herlihy