10 day self-drive tour of Ireland : October 2009
Our next stop after Cahir Castle in County Tipperary was the Rock of Cashel . As with Cahir Castle I had done a post in my previous BlogSpot blog in Nov 2009 – linked on highlighted ‘Rock of Cashel’ . I may use and enlarge some pics from that blog post. On the way … following GPS directions that took us on frequent ‘country sightseeing ‘ jaunts … including this farm road where a cow burst through a hedge and ran down the road, followed by another who seemed a little bewildered with his unexpected escape …
We had wonderful weather in Ireland when hubby and I were there, except for this particular day, and the day we went to Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare, when it drizzled or rained on and off.
The town of Cashel ..
Remains of Hore Abbey, a 13th century Cistercian abbey ..
The Rock of Cashel, a rocky stronghold, was a symbol of royal and priestly power for more than a millennium
‘ From the 4th and 5th century it was the seat of the Kings of Munster, whose kingdom extended over much of southern Ireland. In 1101, the handed Cashel over to the Church, and it flourished as a religious centre until a siege by a Cromwellian army 1647 culminated in the massacre of its 3 000 occupants. The cathedral was finally abandoned in the late 18th century.’ ‘ A good proportion of the medieval complex is still standing and Cormac’s Chapel is one of the most outstanding examples of Romanesque architecture in the country.‘ Eyewitness Travel : Ireland
Isn’t Ireland just too beautiful !!! Sooo green!! The saying goes ..’ it’s so green it hurts your eyes’ ! Over yonder is rain coming. We were hoping we wouldn’t get caught in it but we did. Some pics have speckled raindrops on them
28m (92ft) round tower (built c.1100) is the oldest and tallest building on the rock, enabled Cashel’s inhabitants to scour the surrounding plain for potential attackers ..
O’Scully Monument .. a memorial erected in 1870 by a local landowning family. The very large High Cross was struck by lightening in 1976. The stones of the cross lie near the wall ..
Cormac’s Chapel .. chapel of King Cormac MacCarthaigh was begun in 1127 and consecrated in 1134 … superb Romanesque carving adorns the chapel …
Copy of the original St Patrick’s Cross, which stood on this spot until 1982 and is now in the museum. St Patrick visited Cashel in 450 …
In the museum .. the original 12th century St Patrick’s Cross ..
Cashel bell (9th century) (I love it!) : 12th century Cashel Crozier
9th/10th century Cashel brooch ..
Bronze Age axes ..
Next post ..city of Cork … in my Ireland’s Travel Reminiscences