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Rock of Cashel (08.10.08) – Cashel of the Kings Panorama, originally uploaded by Philipp_Roth.
The village of Cashel in County Tipperary is the home of the historic Rock of Cashel and is one of the most visited attractions in Ireland. Cashel’s long and fascinating past is evident thanks to its ancient paths, medieval monasteries and fortified town houses.
Cashel and the Rock of Cashel are located within an hour’s drive from Wexford, Cork, Limerick and Kilkenny, with car hire available from all these areas. In addition, the new M8 motorway has made it possible to reach County Tipperary from Dublin in less than two hours.
The Rock of Cashel, at the heart of Tipperary is also known as St Patrick’s Rock and Cashel of the Kings. This is the alleged site that of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St Patrick in the 5th century AD. Well before the Norman Invasion, the Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster. However, there is very little structural evidence of the existence remaining. The majority of the buildings on the current site date back from the 12th and 13th centuries, when the rock was offered as a gift to the Catholic Church. The buildings are representative of the architectural influences of both the Hiberno-Romanesque and Germanic periods.
The area also has a Georgian Cathedral and a 21st century library, which has regular exhibitions, concerts and workshops. The Georgian quarter is also home to the Bolton Library that contains a unique collection of antiquarian books and is widely considered to be the best collection outside of Dublin.
The books had been collected by Archbishop Theophilis Bolton who had been Archbishop of Cashel between 1730 and 1744. The library is now located in the Chapter House, which is situated in the grounds of the Cathedral Church of St Patrick’s Rock and St John the Baptist in John Street, Cashel.
The Cashel area offers a broad range of accommodation, from the superb Cashel Palace Hotel, to various family-run Bed and Breakfasts and budget hostels for travellers.
The Town Plaza, a short walk from most of the attractions in Cashel presents a vibrant Victorian town centre, with thriving clothes and gift shops, lively cafes, charming pubs and restaurants offering many Irish favourites.
You are invited to listen to the Irish Fireside Podcast’s visit to the Rock of Cashel in Podcast Episode #1.