Cashel, County Tipperary

The Rock of Cashel towers over the picturesque small city of Cashel on the Plain of Tipperary. 
Originally, it was a fortress of the Kings of Munster, and Saint Patrick himself converted one of the Kings on this site in the 5th century. It was given to the Church in the twelfth century, and the round tower and Cormac's Chapel date to that period. The Cathedral is a century newer, finished in 1270. 

The Cathdral, Round Tower and cemetery

Inside the Cathedral

The inside of medieval Cormac's Chapel was once brightly painted. Only traces of the frescos remain. 

The Cathedral crossing

A jackdaw perches on one of the many carvings on the Cathedral

View from my B&B window

Hore Abbey sits in ruins in a farmer's field, on the plain below the Rock.

In sunset mists, Hore Abbey is a ghostly sight

Inside Hore Abbey, near sunset.

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