Friday, November 27, 2015

Rock of Cashel

September 2015 - Cashel Ireland

Click here for details of our day that included Rock of Cashel. And here for a mural.

The Rock of Cashel (IrishCarraig Phádraig), also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock, is a historic site located at CashelCounty TipperaryIreland.

According to local mythology, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil's Bit, a mountain 20 miles (30 km) north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock's landing in Cashel. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century.


The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. In 1101, the King of Munster, Muirchertach Ua Briain, donated his fortress on the Rock to the Church. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe Few remnants of the early structures survive; the majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries.

The oldest and tallest of the buildings is the well preserved round tower (28 metres, or 90 feet), dating from c.1100. Its entrance is 12 feet from the ground, necessitated by a shallow foundation (about 3 feet) typical of round towers. The tower was built using the dry stone method. Modern conservationists have filled in some of the tower with mortar for safety reasons.


The Cathedral, built between 1235 and 1270, is an aisleless building of cruciform plan, having a central tower and terminating westwards in a massive residential castle. The Hall of the Vicars Choral was built in the fifteenth century.

There are many graves on the west side.

Ahead of his time??

Edward Ralph Wilson served with the National Bank Ltd. The National Bank Ltd was founded by Daniel O’Connell in 1835 to enable access for Catholics to banking facilities. The National Bank Ltd was incorporated into the Bank of Ireland in 1965.


  1. What a cathedral! Just imagine everything those rocks have seen.

  2. What a beautiful, old structure. It's amazing to think of the things man could do before modern engineering and building.

  3. Beautiful photos of a lovely old structure. I love to see these buildings being maintained for future generations to enjoy.

  4. What terrific photos. I like the juxtaposition of the old buildings and the modern scaffolding.

  5. Loved seeing your views of the Roch and the lovely green fields all around.

  6. i have never seen a stone with a .com ... now that is a 1st. love all the views. awesome visit. ( :

  7. Wonderful, seeing these photo's make me want to visit Ireland even more


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