Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

This evening, I am posting information on the Rock of Cashel,  a popular visitor attraction in Tipperary, south central Ireland and about 100 miles S.W. of Dublin.

Cashel is an Irish word meaning fort or castle.

Here is a summary of the site’s history:

  • Seat of the overkings of Munster in 4th or 5th centuries.
  • Site given to the Church in 1101, partly as a tactic to deprive competing claimants for title of ancient royal seat.
  • By around 1111 it is likely that a large church or cathedral existed on the site.
  • Cormac’s Chapel consecrated 1134.
  • Remains of present cathedral date from 13th century.
  • Cathedral altered in 15th century.
  • Cathedral sacked by English Parliamentary forces in 1647.
  • Site used for worship by Church of Ireland ( Episcopalian) until 1749 when site abandoned and progressively fell into disrepair.
  • Taken into State care in 1869 and subject to conservation work in 1875.
  • Hall of the Vicars Choral restored in 1975.

There is a sizeable village at foot of the rock, also named Cashel. here can be found accommodation, restaurants and shops.

On the plain at foot of the site can be found the ruins of Hore Abbey which dates from the 13th century.

12th century, 28 metre high, Round Tower located next to N transept of 13th century Gothic Cathedral.

12th century, 28 metre high, Round Tower located next to N transept of 13th century Gothic Cathedral.

Cormac's Chapel, Rock of Cashel, Ireland.

Cormac’s Chapel, Rock of Cashel, Ireland.

Rock of Cashel from Hore Abbey, Ireland.

Rock of Cashel from Hore Abbey, Ireland.

Cashel Village, Ireland

Cashel Village, Ireland

Tipperary landscape from Rock of Cashel.

Tipperary landscape from Rock of Cashel.

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