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Rock of Cashel

Cashel is in County Tipperary in Ireland. It has a rich history and many sights - including Cashel Rock - an outcrop of limestone that has been the home of kings for hundreds of years. With a population of only 3000, it has been unspoiled by tourism and is a good example of a 'real' Irish town. Despite having such a small population, there's always something to do - local sports matches are held every day, and the local bars have live bands almost every day of the week.

Get in

By Bus There are no less than 14 busses a day stopping in Cashel. From Dublin or Cork You can get to Cashel by taking the Dublin-Cork line with Bus Eiranne, this costs €13 (10% discount if booked online) buses between Dublin and Cork (and vice-versa) leave every two hours.

From Limerick or Waterford Cashel is on the Limerick-Waterford line with Bus Eiranne, There are about 6 buses a day on this line.

From Galway Take a bus to Limerick, there are direct buses to Cashel from Limerick


By Car Cashel is near the M8. Turn off at the R639 or R691.

Get around

Cashel is a small traditional Irish town, you can get anywhere by walking.

See

  • 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 Hiberno-Romanseque and Germanic influences in their architecture.
  • Bolton Library. The Bolton Library contains a unique collection of antiquarian books and is the finest collection outside of Dublin. The books were collected by Archbishop Theophilis Bolton, Archbishop of Cashel from 1730 to 1744. The collection contains a wide range of subjects and includes a 12th century manuscript, the Nuremnberg Chronicle and works by Dante, Swift, Calvin, Erasmus and Machiavelli.
  • Kearny's Castle. Kearney's Castle is a fifteenth century castle. In the past it was used as a garrison by Lord Inchiquin's army. The Kearney family lived in the building for many years. Fr. John Kearney was hanged in the castle in 1652. The building now operates as a hotel.
  • Hore Abbey.
  • Bru Boru. A national cultural centre at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. This cultural village is designed around a village green and is a home to the study and celebration of native Irish music, song, dance, theatre and Celtic studies. It has a folk theatre, genealogy centre, restaurant and other amenities. Brú Ború traditional group have performed worldwide.
  • Folk Village. Cashel folk village is a delightful series of informal reconstructions of various traditional thatched village shops, a forge, and other businesses, together with a penal Chapel situated in a confined area within the town of Cashel, near to the famous Rock Of Cashel. There is also an old IRA museum and audio-visual presentation (1916 -1923).
  • City Walls.
  • The Fountain.

Do

  • Golf. There are 3 18-hole golf courses near Cashel
  • Karting. Hot Rod Car Racing, Outdoor Racing Center, Tipperary Raceway.
  • Greyhounds. Thurles Greyhound Stadium - 0504 21003 - Racing every Friday and Saturday, 8pm; Clonmel Greyhound Stadium - 05283333 - Racing every Thursday, 8pm and Sunday, 7.30pm.
  • GAA Stadium. On most nights and on Sundays, you can watch a game of Gaelic sports between local teams - Hurling, Gaelic football, or Camogie.
  • Angling. The Salmon and Trout season on the river Suir open on 17 March and closes on 30 September. Angling licences needed (Available from Casale 2000, Bank Pl, Cashel).
  • Walking. Tipperary Heritage Way Walk - from Cashel to The Vee, this signposted walk takes forest tracks and historic sites along the river Suir. 55km in total. Cashel-Golden walk is 11kms along the banks of the River Suir.

Buy

Eat

  • Morelli's, 4 Bank Place, 087 7745641. Open until 1am. Fast food place, serves tradition 'Irish' fast food (burgers, chips, sausages, fish, chicken wings etc.) as well as oven baked american style pizzas.
  • So Juicy, 104 Main St, 086 2529098. 10am-5pm. So Juicy is a fresh juice bar, serving juices and smoothies which are made to order. They also serve sandwiches, cookies and muffins.
  • Chez Hans, The Butt of the Rock, Cashel, 062 61177. 6pm-10pm. Built in an old church, Chez Hans is an upmarket restaurant serving mainly french-style cooking. €30+.
  • Indo Spice Restaurant, Lower Gate St., 062 63801. 5pm-11.30pm. Indian restaurant.

Drink

Cashel has many traditional Irish pubs that remain untouched by tourists.

  • Feehans Bar, 105 Main st, Cashel, 062 61929. Food Served 12-6pm.
  • The Brian Boru Bar, Main st, Cashel, 062 63381 (). Live music and DJ's. Thursday-Monday
  • The Moor Lane Tavern, Main st, Cashel, 062 62093. Live music and DJ's. Thursday-Sunday and Tuesday
  • Campions Bar, Main st, Cashel. A quaint little pub on Main st., across the road from Feehans. Regularly hosts local bands.

Sleep

  • Cashel Holiday Hostel, John St., Cashel, +353 (0)62 62330 (), [1]. The cheapest accommodation in town. Clean, warm rooms; Large comfortable common areas, full kitchen and laundry facilities. Both dormatory and private accommodation available. €16.
  • Cashel B & B, John St., Cashel, +353 (0)62 62330 (), [2]. A charming bed and breakfast set in a refubished Georgian town house. The large lounge area has a seriously out-of-tune piano and open fire.

Internet

  • Cashel Public Library, Friar St, Cashel, 062 63825. €2/hr.

All hotels and B&B's in cashel offer free wifi to guests. 'The Bake House' on main street has free wifi for customers.

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