Title: Rock Of Cashel

Location: Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

In the 4th century, the Rock of Cashel was chosen as a base of power by the Eoghanachta clan from Wales. They eventually conquered much of the Munster region and became kings of the region.. In the 5th century St. Patrick converted Aenghus, the king of the time, and made Cashel a bishopric. Brian Boru was crowned King of Munster here in 977 and he became High King of Ireland in 1002. In 1101 Muircheartach O'Brien granted the Rock to the Church and in 1127, the bishop Cormac MacCarthy, started work on a Chapel which survives to this day and is the most remarkable Romanesque church in the country. A round tower was added about this time. The largest building on the Rock is the 13th century cathedral and all in all the complex represents the most impressive mediaeval collection of buildings in Ireland. This was the seat of kings and mediaeval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century.

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