Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

The first in a couple of posts from a recent trip to Ireland – a mixed trip consisting of a few days holiday, and a few days of business meetings and reviews. On one day of the trip, we took a tourbus to Blarney Castle and the Rock of Cashel (a.k.a. Saint Patrick’s Rock).

According to legend, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil’s Bit, a mountain 20 miles (30 km) north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock’s landing in Cashel. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. Prior to the Norman invasion of Ireland, this was also the seat of the Munster Kings. [Wikipedia – Rock of Cashel]

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Fallen Celtic Cross on the grounds of the Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland

I was fortunate and able to get a few shots in between the other tourists, some of which had zero respect for the site, climbing over gravestones like they were jungle gyms, and generally pissing off everyone around them. As for the tour, things went fairly well, I would have liked more time here at the Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle and less time at the stop in the city of Cork, but overall it was a great day with my wife running around south-eastern Ireland.

As I edit other photographs from this trip, I will update this post and include those from the Rock of Cashel, and post other images to new pages. I am extremely happy with the way these have rendered and there are a few more I need to process while on the road.


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