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May 3, 2017 - Rock of Cashel

Early this a.m. we took the shuttle to the airport and rented another car....from Sixt. We took the M50 south heading for Limerick on the M7. About Kildaire we turned off for coffee, exclaimed at the round-about statues--one a copper colored horse, man, and the other 6 large silver horses. There we decided the 'slow road' would be more interesting so headed west on it. Another decision was made as we drove through the neat green-hedged farms and gentle rolling hills to go see the Rock of Cashel before going to Limerick. We turned south and...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Oct 4, 2016 - Still in Cashel, but ready to leave Update

This is a quick update on several things I forgot to add to my update from last night. First, while in Trim, I had breakfast at the B&B with a nice couple from Seattle, WA. Jennifer is a nurse, in an oral facial surgeon's office I gathered from her comments, and her husband, Bruce, were lovely people. They are not yet retired, but apparently my tales of travel have inspired them to be really thinking about how they want to spend their forthcoming early retirement years. Here in Cashel, I met a woman in a store named Elizabeth. Turns out she...

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Oct 3, 2016 - Tullamore & Cashel

Fairly long drive today, but I broke it up by stopping in the town of Tullamore. Not you might ask why there? Such an easy answer if one is a fan of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, as my friend Bill D and I are. I stopped at the distillery's shop and took a tour of the old distillery, which is in central Tullamore and along a canal. The tour was okay. So, it's not something you should add Tullamore to your Irish itinerary for, but I'm glad that I took the time to stop. So, Bill D, here are several photos for your viewing pleasure. My real...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel is amazing. The various buildings are all different styles and ages, some have been restored and some not. The castle was given to the church and over the ages it was catholic, then protestant, then catholic again. The restoration is supposed to take until 2017.

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Sep 14, 2015 - Cashel

Leaving Dingle we turned and there was a spectacular view of the bay of Tralee. There was actually a pull out/viewpoint! On a tiny narrow road! We continued on through the lush green fields (it was raining again!) until Ardmore where we stopped for a picnic lunch. Unfortunely eaten standing at the tourist info centre. Ardmore has a lovely ruined castle, and other sights, but the rain got the better of us. The best place to view the castle was on the tiny narrow stone bridge while cars where speeding past! We continued on into the rain, our...

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Mar 17, 2014 - St Patrick's Day in Cashel and Adare

Got up this morning and had a nice breakfast. Got on the bus and headed to the Rock of Cashel. The Rock was built in the 16th century as a military fortress. It sits atop a great hill and is fortified with tall rock walls. In the 17th century it was gifted to the Church of Ireland and the Bishops moved in and built large churches and chapels and grand homes for themselves. The church was under renovation and had a large segment buried in scaffolding, but we had access to most of the area. It was great to wander around taking what we thought...

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May 15, 2013 - The Rock of Cashel

We are now in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Today was visited the Rock of Cashel, the seat of the Kings of Munster (the cheese?) in the 5th century. Awesome! It was cold and a little rainy. And got very windy at times. But worth it! Josh loved the gothic grave stones, and took some pictues with the animated options on his camera. I liked the tower dungeon and the remnants of the small moat around it. Now we are hungry and tired. Gonna go eat!! Yay! :)

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May 6, 2013 - Kilarney . . . 'til we meet again

Killarney - 'til we meet again Amazingly a week has come and gone and it is time to leave Killarney and all the wonderful experiences shared by the O'Connor Cousins and Kathy. Bags are packed and we have said goodbye to Tim and Bernadette, the proprietors of The Priory. We wanted to take one more survey of "the farms" and Killarney provided us with glorious sunshine as we headed to the Coolick and Dunrine properties. Upon arrival we were once again mesmerized by the landscape and sense of well being. We all agreed that there is no doubt in...

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May 29, 2012 - Rock of Cashel & Hore Abbey

The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), more formally St. Patrick's Rock, it is also known as Cashel of the Kings. Reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman invasion, The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. The buildings represent both...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Cashel

We arrived in Cashel last night and spent the night relaxing. This morning, we decided to explore Cashel, there wasn't much to explore though! It a was cold and rainy morning, but we decided to make the best of it. After making it to a car park, we walked to the Rock of Cashel castle. While climbing the hill to the castle we made a detour. The Woolen Shop of Cashel. Yes, we enjoyed ourselves, maybe indulged, maybe just a little. Next stop, the castle. All the buildings at the castle were from the 13th and 15th centuries. While waiting for...

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Three on a Journey

Nov 4, 2010 - Cashel

Rock of Cashel - mostly existent castle/cathedral. But the hostel doesn't have internet... Seriously the cows... So below the Rock of Cashel, closer to the river Suir, is the Hore Abbey. Which is the remanents of an abbey built by one chunk of monks - who were ousted by the bishop reigning in the cathedral above when the bishop had a dream the monks were plotting to kill him. How's that for punishment for acts not yet committed. Anyway the bishop brought in the Cistertian monks who took over the abbey for the remaining usage of the abbey....

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Sep 11, 2008 - It's a Long Way to Tipperary, via Blarney

At our daily breakfast conference we decided to visit Blarney Castle, Tipperary and Cashel. We packed a picnic and set off. The sky had been overcast but the cloud seemed high, so we were surprised to find rain starting to fall as we packed the car. The nearer to Cork we got, the harder the rain seemed. We skirted Cork and arrived at Blarney. The rain eased and we elected to see the "Rock Close" first while it was dry. This turned out to be a delight. The "Close" is a garden of managed wild plants surrounded by small waterfalls, stone...

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