Welcome To Cashel

Cashel’s story is said to go back to the year 450, when Saint Patrick converted King Aengus. Twenty seven generations of kings ruled with Cashel as the seat of the ruler after Aengus. The story is apocryphal – Aengus has been described in other stories as a god.
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Information Cashel Ireland

The etymology of the name suggests it was inhabited in pre Christian times, as Caiseal, pronounced Cashel in Irish, denotes a circular stone fort. Coupled with this is the fact that even in the 1100s, Cashel remained the residence of the Munster kings, which determines that the area had some significance in earlier times. Indeed, records show that Brian Boru fortified the castle as long ago as 990. There was a Synod of Cashel in 1172, at which the Irish bishops accepted the lordship of Henry II of England over Ireland, as demanded by and agreed to by Pope Alexander III. The pope’s policy was necessary in order to consolidate his own power: Up till then, Irish Christians had shown a level of independence not enjoyed by other Christianised areas of the world. So the pope’s pact with the English king brought the Irish under both thumbs. In today’s Irish, Caiseal Mumhan is what Cashel is called, meaning the Stone Fortress of Munster. The town is in the Irish midlands in County Tipperary and it remains important in religious terms as it is also the episcopal see of a Roman Catholic archbishopric (with its cathedral in Thurles). Similar to Armagh in the North, it is also the see of an Anglican bishop. Its population today is under three thousand. Like many other towns, Cashel was a traffic nightmare until recent years, when a bypass was created for the main road which ran through Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is strategically significant, as it is a promontory of elevated limestone on top of which lie the ruins.

Attractions Cashel Ireland

Cahir Castle - Cahir

Located at Castle Street, Cahir, is one of Ireland's largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island in the river Suir. The Castle's attractions include an excellent audio-visual show called 'Partly Hidden and Partly Revealed' in English, French, German and Italian, informing visitors about all the main sites of the area.

Carrick On Suir Heritage Centre - Carrick-On-Suir

This former Protestant church, now restored as a heritage centre, was once part of the Pre-Reformation burial ground and church site of Carrick Mor. Its interesting gravestones include a memorial to Thomas Butler, an illegitimate son of Thomas, tenth Earl of Ormonde. Dorothea Herbert, daughter of the eighteenth century rector and author of 'Retrospections' is also buried here.

Cashel Folk Village - Cashel

Located at Dominick Street, Cashel, it has a delightful series of informal reconstructions of various traditional thatched village shops, a forge and other business. It is housed within the town of Cashel, near by the famed Rock of Cashel.

Mitchelstown Cave - Cahir

Located at Burncourt, Cahir, is considered one of the most spectacular caves in Europe. The caves have three massive caverns, in which the visitor is surrounded by indescribable drip stone formations, stalactites, stalagmites and huge calcite columns.

Ormond Castle - Carrick

Located at Castle Park, Carrick on Suir, is one of the finest examples of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland. It was built by Thomas, the tenth Earl of Ormond in the 1560s. Closely integrated into the manor house are two fifteenth century towers. It is the country's only major unfortified dwelling from that turbulent period. The state rooms contain some of the finest decorative plasterwork in the country, including plasterwork portraits. Access to the castle is by guided tour only, with a maximum number of twenty people at one time.