Oils on canvas (20 × 26 inches)
After 6 months of working on this painting, waiting for layers to dry and working on others in between, The Rock of Cashel is finished. Over the last few days, I have been working a couple of hours per day to finish one of the most challenging paintings I have ever done.
Although extremely time consuming, this painting was also a treat to do. I escaped into medieval times and let my imagination run wild. Each little window and turret became a story as historical figures came to life in my mind.
I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed painting it.
Known as the Rock of Cashel and sometimes St Patrick’s Rock, Cashel in Tipperary has served as the ancient seat of the Irish kings of Munster for hundreds of years before the Norman invasion.
St.Patrick converted the local King Aenghus, here in the 5th century and Brian Boru was crowned King of Munster here in 977. He became High King of Ireland in 1002.
There are many legends about this magical place, some based on fact but others are pure myth.
While baptising King Aenghus here, St Patrick accidentally struck his crozier through the foot of the king. The king thought it was part of the ceremony and did not even whimper!
Another legend surrounding The Rock is that of a supposed underground tunnel between The Rock and Hore Abbey which lies about 400 metres from the site of The Rock. This tunnel has never been found but some people like to believe that one does exist.
The story of Brian Boru enthralled me many years ago when as a young girl in South Africa, I dreamed of one day visiting Britain and Ireland and wandering about in all the old castles and cathedrals.
And here I am, in Ireland.
My visit to the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary was one of the special moments of my life!
I hope you get to live your dream too!