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  • 1 Rock of Cashel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R 660 IRL - Cashel

    A 60m-high limestone outcrop topped by a group of buildings, the Rock of Cashel is Ireland's Acropolis. Evoking Celtic Christianity and the high kings of Ireland, Cashel's jewel is Cormac's Chapel; the perfectly preserved 28m-high round tower is made..

  • 2 Cormac's Chapel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rock of Cashel IRL - Cashel

    The jewel of Cashel was built between 1127 and 1134 by Cormac MacCarthy. In elaborate Romanesque style, it is flanked by two towers. Inside is one of Ireland's oldest wall paintings. Each stone here is embellished by sculpture, the finest of the peri..

  • 3 Ormond Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Park IRL - Carrick-on-Suir

    Carrick's showpiece is a 15C castle, partly in ruins, and a beautiful Elizabethan manor surrounded by a woodland park. The restored manor was built by Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond, known as Black Tom. He built the manor to receive his cousin, Q..

  • 4 Holy Cross Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R 660 IRL - Holycross

    The Benedictine abbey of the Holy Cross, which gave its name to the village, was founded in 1168 by the King of Munster, Donal O'Brien. The church has three windows - east, west and south transepts - fitted with exquisite stained-glass windows. Part ..

  • 5 An Cathair Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Str. IRL - An Chathair

    The residence of Brian Ború (10C-11C), high king of Ireland, although the current fortress (begun in the 13C) was much extended and remodelled by the Butler family, who owned it for generations before it became state property in 1961. The extensively..

  • 6 Palace Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Main St. IRL - Cashel

    The Palace Gardens, which lead up to the rock, contain an ancient mulberry tree (1702) and hop plants descended from those used in 1759 to produce the first brown ale. This was invented by Richard Guinis, steward of the archbishop of Cashel, whose so..

  • 7 GPA Bolton Library Interesting

    Museums and art

    Friary St. IRL - Cashel

    Bolton Library occupies a small 1836 building found on the lawns around the cathedral. The oldest book among the 12,000 volumes on the library's shelves is a monks' encyclopaedia dated 1168. It also contains two pages from Chaucer's The Book of Fame ..

  • 8 Nenagh Heritage Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    La Maison du Gouverneur - Kickham St. IRL - Nenagh

    The centre, which also operates the Tipperary North Genealogical Service, is housed in the former gaol (1842). The gatehouse contains the condemned cells and the execution chamber, with the portraits and biographical notes of the 17 men executed in t..

  • 9 Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kickham St. IRL - Nenagh

    The circular keep (30m high), once part of the curtain walls, and a vast 13C hall (restored) are what remains of the fine Anglo-Norman castle, built around 1200.

  • 10 Damer House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle St. IRL - Roscrea

    Standing within the castle walls is an elegant three-storey house (18C) containing a handsome pine staircase. It was built in 1715 by Joseph Damer, the richest man in Ireland at his death in 1720, whose family settled in Ireland in 1661. Today the bu..

  • 11 Glen of Aherlow Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Coach Rd. IRL - Tipperary

    The road climbs through thick woodland over the Slievenamuck Ridge. The descent on the south side unveils a magnificent panorama. From the viewpoint (car park), visitors can admire the magnificent valley (18km long) which follows the course of the Ri..

  • 12 Swiss Cottage Interesting

    Museums and art

    R 670 IRL - An Chathair

    This charming thatched cottage was built between 1812 and 1814 as a hunting lodge. Inside, it is tastefully decorated with French wallpaper with landscape designs.

  • 13 Tipperary Cristal

    Museums and art

    Dove Hill IRL - Ballynoran

    Visitors to this glass making factory can find out about the different stages in the production of handmade crystal glass.

  • 14 Cashel Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Friary St. IRL - Cashel

    This austere Anglican building was built with hardly any ornament between 1749 and 1784. It stands on the site of the former St. John the Baptist parish church, to whom it was dedicated together with Saint Patrick of the Rock. On the neighbouring law..

  • 15 Hore Abbey

    Religious buildings

    R 505 IRL - Cashel

    In 1272, monks from Mellifont founded Hore Abbey, the last Cistercian institution to be built in Ireland. The ruins date back primarily to the 13C. The cruciform church comprised, in addition to the chancel, a nave with aisles and two chapels to the ..

  • 16 Dominican Friary

    Religious buildings

    Friary St. IRL - Cashel

    This friary, founded in 1243 by Archbishop David MacKelly (Dáibhi MacCeallaigh), a Dominican born in Cork, was suppressed in 1540. Its church, which was rebuilt in 1480 after being destroyed in a fire, has a long, narrow nave and choir. The chancel a..

  • 17 Parish church of Cashel

    Religious buildings

    Friary Street IRL - Cashel

    This church, dedicated to John the Baptist and hidden by a row of cottages, is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Ireland and was inaugurated in 1795. The mosaics of the facade were added to commemorate the Eucharistic Congress which took place in I..

  • 18 Cashel Heritage Centre

    Museums and art

    Town Hall - Main St. IRL - Cashel

    The history of the town is displayed in the Heritage Centre, with a model and an exhibition of royal jewellery, as well as relics from the house of McCarthy Mor.

  • 19 Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle St. IRL - Roscrea

    This castle was built in the 13C in the form of an irregular polygon, with curtain walls and two D-shaped towers. The original entrance was through a gate tower (1280) now surmounted by 17C gables and chimneys. The portcullis winding gear can be seen..

  • 20 St Cronan's Church

    Religious buildings

    Couvent-Hill IRL - Roscrea

    This is the site of a monastery founded by Saint Cronan in the 7C and destroyed four times during the 12C, now marked only by the main facade of a 12C church. The carved figure above the entrance is probably Saint Cronan. North of the ruins there is ..

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