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Monday, September 17th, 2018
Ancient Marvels of the Rock of Cashel
Our last day in Ireland. We left Bantry House after a wonderful breakfast, wishing that we could have extended our stay. We set off for the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary via the Glen of Aherlow.
The Glen of Aherlow is a lush, scenic valley in Co. Tipperary where the Aherlow river flows between the Galtee Mountains. I think we ended up on a “side road” rather than the main road that runs through the Glen. So, our views were a bit obstructed, but beautiful nonetheless!
We arrived in the town of Cashel and grabbed some lunch at a little café, then made our way to the Rock of Cashel.
The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, and according to legend, is the place where St. Patrick converted Aenghus the King of Munster to Christianity in the 5th century AD.
The Rock of Cashel was given to the Catholic Church in the 12th century, and most of the buildings on the site date from that time. It is “one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.”
I found it really amazing to see what remained of these buildings – to see the carvings in the stone and the remnants of the frescos. I could picture what the site would have looked like in all its glory, and what an amazing thing that would have been to behold!!
The views from the Rock of Cashel are also stunning! Because it sits on a high rock outcrop, you can get panoramic views for miles and even a beautiful view of the ruins of Hore Abbey just a few miles away.
I was really fascinated by all of the High Celtic Crosses on the site as well. It was inspiring to see the various Celtic patterns carved into the stone. They gave me some great ideas for Celtic Cross designs that I can use in future drawings.
Eventually, the time arrived when we had to depart and make our way back to Bunratty in Co. Clare. We checked in to our B&B that overlooked the Shannon River, grabbed some dinner, and packed our things for the flight home.
We flew out of the Shannon Airport at Noon the next day and began our 24+ hour journey home. It was hard to believe that our 14-day adventure was already at an end, and while I was looking forward to the comforts of home, I was sad to leave Ireland behind too. It’s such a beautiful, breathtaking country that words just can’t quite capture it, and it’s people make you feel so welcome! What an awe-inspiring place!! Here’s hoping for a return visit in the near future!!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for one last post from Ireland!
God’s Blessings & Joy Be To You,
PS – Please feel free to leave your comments or questions below. I’d love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you might have about our trip!
Goodbye Ireland! Thanks for the memories!
Hope to see you again soon!!
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