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Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

Cashel Heritage Guide

Cashel, the 'City of the Kings,' is regarded as a great heritage jewel on this island.

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Overview: Cashel is known as the “City of Kings” and has witnessed some truly remarkable events that have helped shape Ireland. It was in Cashel that the Great Liberator, Daniel O’Connell gave a stirring speech to locals in 1847 on Bohermore, where John McCormack performed what could be seen as the first mass pop concert in 1929 from the Rock, where British Prime Minister Robert Peel started his political career in what was a rotten borough and where legendary Brian Boru was crowned King of Munster.

Most remarkably, it was here that brewer Richard Guinness and his young son, Arthur, came across burnt hops in the Archbishop’s garden and where St. Patrick used the shamrock as a way of explaining the Holy Trinity. The next time you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, remember to salute this historic town, where the Devil tried to kill the good Saint, where the shamrock on your head actually came from and the drink you are enjoying originated. Not just a City of Kings, but a veritable Garden of Eden for some of Ireland’s greatest icons! You’re very welcome to Cashel and we hope you’ll enjoy this walking tour through its colourful past.


Tips: Tipperary weather can be changeable so make sure you bring an umbrella and rain gear. Good comfortable sturdy footwear will serve you well, especially when making your way up to the Rock of Cashel itself which is a relatively easy climb. Like all our tours, this is best enjoyed at your leisure.

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Heritage centre/tourist office

The award-winning Heritage centre provides a large scale model of Cashel in the 1640s highlighting the lessor known treasure of the town. Charters dating from 1663 and 1687 are on display. Free admission. Accommodation reservations and tourist information for both the historic town and Tipperary are available.

Opening hours: March - October 7 days 9.30am-5.30pm November - February. Weekdays only. 9.30am-5.30pm

Main street,
Cashel 062 62511
www.cashel.ie
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Welcome to Cashel
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Croke memorial

Memorial to the late great Archbishop Croke, a great believer in sports and nationalism.
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Cashel palace

The most elegant building in Cashel with an intriguing history and apparently the home to Guinness no less!

Cashel Palace Hotel,
Main Street,
Cashel 062 62707
reception@cashel-palace.ie
www.cashel-palace.ie
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St. John's cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St. John The Baptist was built to supersede the Cathedral on the Rock. the new foundations were laid in 1759 on the site of the Medieval Parish Church of St. John the Baptist.
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The Bolton library

The library is now housed in the Chapter House situated in the grounds of the Cathedral Church of St. Patrick's Rock and St. John the Baptist in John Street, Cashel. 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. Also on display are maps and church silver.

Opening Hours: Monday - Wednesday (10.00 - 3.00pm) & Thursday (10.00 - 2.30pm) Group tours by appointment.

062 6261944
boltonlibrary@oceanfree.net
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St. John the baptist church

Opened in 1795, Cashel Parish Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in present day Ireland. The church was built on the site of the Franciscan Friary. The original structure was a plain rectangular building, divided into three sections at ground level, resembling the basic plan of an ancient Roman basilica.
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Bru Boru heritage centre

Bru Boru is 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. Bru Boru traditional group have performed worldwide.

OPENING TIMES: Mid Jun-Mid Aug: Daily: 09.00-23.30 Shows Tue-Sat at 21.00 Mid Augt-Mid Jun: Mon-Fri: 09.00-13.00 / 14.00-17.00 (No Shows) Shows (to include dinner): from mid June to mid August
GROUP BOOKINGS NECESSARY: Advisable
BOOKING CONTACT: Una O Murcha
AVERAGE VISIT LENGTH: 21/2 hours (includes show)
ENTRANCE FEES: Admission to centre only is free Adult: EU20.00 (includes show) Child: EU10.00 (includes show) Rates available for show and dinner "Sounds of History" Exhibition: Adult: EU5.00, Student/Senior: EU4.00, Child EU3.00
GUIDED TOURS: No
EXHIBITION: "Sounds of History"
RESTAURANT: Coffee Shop (seats 200) .. ...Restaurant (seats 60) and banqueting SHOP: Irish made souvenirs, books and crafts
INFORMATION GUIDE: English, Irish, French, ...German, Italian, Spanish & Dutch COACH PARKING: Yes
CAR PARKING: Yes
DISABLED ACCESS/TOILET: Yes
AUDIO VISUAL: Seating

Rock lane,
Cashel 062-61122
info@bruboru.ie
www.comhaltas.ie
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Rock of Cashel

Iconic landmark overlooking Cashel,recently visited by the Queen of England. It's huge, it's complex, it's iconic, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. The 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.

Opening hours: Mid March to Mid June, daily 9.30am - 5.30pm Mid June to Mid September 9.00am - 7.00pm Mid September to Mid October 9.00am - 5.30pm Mid October to Mid March 9.00am - 4.30pm Last admission: 45 minutes prior to closure Admision Fees: . Adult - EU5.30;.. Senior Citizen - EU3.70; .. Student (valid I.D.) - EU2.10; .. Family - EU11.50

Rock lane,
Cashel 062 61437
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Dominic street

Home to both the impressive Dominic abbey and must see Folk village. Folk village Dominic Street, Cashel 062 62525 Cashel Folk village is a 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.

Thank you for taking this brief guide which we hoped you enjoyed. To return to the Heritage Centre, continue down Dominic street then turn right and the centre will soon be on your left when you get to the square where you'll see the Croke memorial.
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