North Transept and Great Arches, Rock of Cashel
Photographer: Hemphill, William Despard
Medium: Photographic print
The Rock of Cashel is a fourth-century fortified height in the Golden Vale, Tipperary. Cashel was the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland and seat of the ancient Kings of Munster until Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, came to power. In 1101 the Rock was handed over to the Church by Murtogh O'Brien. In 1647, the Rock fell to a Cromwellian army and suffered attack under Lord Inchiquin. Saint Patrick's Cathedral is a thirteenth-century Gothic structure situated on the Rock of Cashel.