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the Rock of Cashel


St. Patrick's


the church


cathedral style window




the interior




Brian Bórú (941?-1014), king of Ireland. In 978 he became king of Cashel, capital of the ancient kingdom of Munster. By 984 he controlled all of Munster, and in 1001 he was acknowledged the chief king of Ireland. From his youth, Brian had been fighting the Vikings, who had occupied part of the country. In the Battle of Clontarf (April 23, 1014), his sons led an Irish army to a decisive victory over the Vikings, thereby permanently destroying their power in Ireland. Brian, too aged to fight, was awaiting news of the battle when he was slain in his tent by a Viking intruder. Brian is one of the great heroes of the Irish, but fact and legend have become so intertwined in the accounts of his life that an accurate biography cannot be given.

Text from Microsoft Encarta


medieval tombs




looking to the graveyard


the graveyard

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Cashel Palace Hotel


Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel County, Tipperary


back view of this 18th century Palladian mansion

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another Palladian style building


water fountain


the pub on a gray day

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