Cashel Caiseal Mumhan
Cashel (Caiseal Mumhan, "Stone Fort of Munster") lies in southern Ireland on the N8. On all the roads which converge on Cashel over the plain the famous Rock of Cashel is a prominent landmark: a steep-sided crag to the north of the town, crowned by a magnificent group of ruins. These fine monuments of Ireland's past make Cashel one of the country's most-visited sites.
The Rock of Cashel, high above the town of Cashel, is topped with a collection of stone buildings dating from the 12th to the 15th C. Of particular note is the Romanesque, Cormac's Chapel.
Brú Ború Cultural Center
Near the parking lot for the Cashel Rock the Irish organization Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann, which seeks to promote Irish folk music and art, has opened the Brú Ború Cultural Center. Each year three plays are produced daily (except Sun. and Mon.) in the adjoining theater, and other events are organized. A restaurant, an exhibition room and a shop selling artistic handcrafted articles complete the complex.
Near the base of the Rock of Cashel the Dominican Friary (National Monument) preserves a number of handsome old windows.
Cathedral of St John the Baptist
The Cathedral of St John the Baptist in John Street is a good neo-Classical building (1750-83; tower 1812) erected to replace the cathedral on the rock, then falling into disrepair. Set into a wall in the churchyard are a fine series of tomb effigies from the medieval churches of Cashel.
Near the Cathedral of St John the Baptist is the Diocesan Library, with a collection of rare printed works.The Bolton Library holds a collection of over 12,000 volumes, which range in subject from history to theology and includes "the smallest book in the world".
West of Cashel is Hore Abbey (National Monument), a Cistercian house founded in 1266, with the ruins of the church and conventual buildings; the chapter house is well preserved.
Cashel Folk Village
The folk village is in 18th, 19th, and 20th C. style, consisting of well, pub, Tinker's Caravan, exhibition hall, tool and trades display, Panel Chapel and museum.