Emerald Isle


Irish and Celtic myths and legends, Irish folklore and Irish fairy tales and Legendary Royal Sites in Ireland


Cashel of the Kings, the mighty Rock of Cashel was in olden times known as the Royal Site of the Kings of Mumu, a place we today call Munster. It is a great uplifting of raw limestone from the surrounding grassy plains, which old tales tell was hurled from a mountain called the Devil's Bit, in County Tipperary. It is said to have been where Saint Patrick baptised Aenghus the King of Munster, in the fifth century.

Although its use is legended into great antiquity, little remains of the older structures which once topped the Rock, since another King of Munster, Muirchertach Ua Briain, donated his citadel there to the Church. It has since been built upon, added to, and redisnged so that it now holds beautiful high crosses, Celtic artwork, an ancient round tower, a Gothic cathedral, the oldest stairs in Ireland and a richly-frescoed Romanesque chapel.

None other than Brian Ború was crowned the Ard Rí or High King of all Ireland at Cashel.

It has seen many years of peace and many of strife, with Irish warriors and clergy massacred there by Cromwell's men in the 17th century, iconoclasts who also destroyed many priceless religious artifacts. More English mischief followed a century later when the Anglican Archbishop ordered the roof removed, causing enormous damage to what had been called the jewel of Irish cathedrals.

Royal Sites of Ireland

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