Summer morning at the Rock of Cashel

John Quinn

Kildysart, Ireland

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The Rock of Cashel is one of the most spectacular
tourist attractions in Ireland and one of the most visited. It served as the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion, though few remnants if any of the early structures survive. The majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century A.D. The earliest and most noticeable of Cashel’s buildings is the very well preserved round tower which is 28 m in height and dates from c.1100ad. Another notable building is Cormac’s Chapel, the chapel of King Cormac III of Munster. It was constructed between 1127 and 1134 with the aid of The Abbot of Regensburg who sent two carpenters to assist in the building and design. The twin towers of the chapel display strong Germanic influence. The cathedral on the site was built between 1235 and 1270. Cashel was sacked in 1647 during the Irish Confederate wars by Murrough O’Brien 1st Earl of Inchiquin. He arrested and massacred the Irish Confederate troops and the Roman catholic clergy that occupied the site. O’Briens troops also looted or destroyed many important religious artifacts. Cashel also boasts an extensive old graveyard and a number of high crosses

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