Rock of Cashel; General View
Photographer: Hemphill, Dr William Despard (1816-1902)
Medium: Photographic print
“One of the most interesting places in Ireland is the Rock of Cashel, in Tipperary. It stands boldly in the midst of a vast champagne, crowned by a cluster of ruins which unite some of the most attractive reminiscences, and some of the most exquisite ecclesiastical architecture in the island...Such is the group of monasteries whose ruins crown the summit...or stand beneath its shade in the town, perhaps altogether the most remarkable in Ireland. They show that in the early stages of Irish history Cashel was a place of much importance. It was long the residence of the Kings of Munster, who had their palace on the rock…After 1101, the rock became wholly occupied by the cathedral, and the other ecclesiastical buildings.”
Excerpt from “Rock of Cashel”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.