Rock of Cashel
We were contacted by corporate group from Poland to take them on a one day historical/culture tour of sites in the locality.
Leaving Kilkenny we headed for the Rock Of Cashel. Legend has is it the devil was eager to get away from Patrick and in fear that he would be cornered he bit a chunk out of the mountains and made his escape through the gap. The devil then spat out the rock from his mouth and it landed in the middle of the plains of Tipperary.
The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years.
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Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir.
An outstanding Cistercian abbey founded in the second half of the 12th century. The church with its Romanesque details dates from this period. In the transept chapels the visitor can see 13th to 16th century tomb sculpture. The tower and cloister date from the 15th century. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings.
Located in Ireland’s ancient east region, Royal Oak Distillery is one of the largest independent manual whiskey distilleries in the country and the first to be developed in Carlow in over 200 years and is the only independent distillery in the world to produce all three types of Irish whiskey in one still house, namely – pot still, malt and grain.