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Spotlight: The Rock of Cashel

On paper the Rock of Cashel appears to be a typical stop on a tour of Ireland – another important historical and religious site for you to check off your list. Well, I’m here to tell you that you would be wrong in that assumption. Just imagine walking along a lovely street in Ireland and you look up, and BAM there is a mighty sight to behold!

That’s the Rock of Cashel for you. The name "Cashel" has the meaning “stone fort,” and upon seeing it, it certainly looks like a mighty fortress emerging from the ground. If you are looking for a dramatic landscape and medieval architecture (aren’t we all!?), look no further than this site with an incredibly rich history and an equally incredible view!

Over 1,000 Years of History

The site of the Rock of the Cashel was originally the seat of the Kings of Munster for hundreds of years before the Norman invasion. It was then given to the church in 1101 as a political move by one of Ireland’s High Kings. History has it that St. Patrick baptized a king in the fifth century and the great Irish king, Brian Boru, was crowned High King at Cashel in 978 – making this spot certainly an important one!

After being given to the church, it housed one of Ireland’s four archbishops. Because of this, the landmark quickly rose in prominence throughout Ireland. Rock of Cashel continues to be an impressive collection of medieval buildings where visitors can explore and get a taste of what life was like for the elite of medieval Irish society.

What Will You Find Here?

The site possesses the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland. Among the monuments to be found there is a round tower, a high cross, a Romanesque chapel, a Gothic cathedral, an abbey, the Hall of the Vicars Choral, and a fifteenth-century Tower House.

Epic Views

Once you make it up to Rock of Cashel, prepare your cameras for stunning views of the

surrounding Irish countryside. Standing among Celtic crosses, you will be able to see all the beauty the Emerald Isle truly has to offer its visitors. It’s certainly one of my favorite parts of gallivanting through Ireland on our tours!

If you find yourself in Tipperary, be sure to add a stop at the Rock of Cashel.



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