We visit the Rock of Cashel

So, we started our trip to Galway off with a little detour to Cahir Castle in Tipperary. You can read about that here.

We were put back on the bus, and shuttled over to the Rock of Cashel. It was a pretty normal bus ride (I slept, of course!).

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A picture I took out the bus window!

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We arrived at Cashel really early, and had some time to kill before our tour time. It was recommend that we hike down into the town, Cashel, and get some lunch. We ended up at a really interesting restaurant and pub called The Brian Boru, one of the High Kings of Ireland.

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The restaurant had a really cool atmosphere. There were couches for lounging, real tables, a dance club downstairs, and an outdoor bar area.

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I got some delicious lamb rogan josh!

Once we finished lunch, we hiked back up towards the Rock of Cashel and the rest of our group. Sadly, a lot of the site was under-construction, but we all made the best of it anyway.

 

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We still had some time before our tour started, so we took some time to get some pictures looking out behind Cashel. The view up there is amazing!

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Our tour finally started. We were taken into one of the main buildings first that used to be living quarters for the monks that used to live here.

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The choir used to sing from this balcony. They were known for the amazing singers that they had living and singing here.Β 

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After, we were lead into the main building on Cashel, the building that holds all the different chapels.

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We then went into one of the chapels. It was mostly closed off for restoration. It smelled really moldy in there, and we were told that they were having problems with water leaking in and ruining the frescoes on the roofs and walls. The paintings were very hard to see, but the little traces you could see were lovely!

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After that, we were set free in the cemetery portion of the Rock of Cashel. There were some amazing views (you know, past all the graves and all), and some really cool old grave sites!

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It was really windy up there! The Rock of Cashel is up on top of this huge hill, so it got some good wind bursts while we were there.

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Once we were finished in the cemetery, we moved into the main part of Cashel. It used to be the main chapel there, in the olden days, but now its all in ruins. But, that lead to some really cool pictures. I think when you think of the Rock of Cashel, this is the building that you think of. It’s rather iconic in all its dilapidatedness.

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I loved all the crows flying around! It made it very eerie feeling!

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This person must have been very special, to have been buried in the main part of the church.

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We headed back outside and snapped a few more pictures before we had to head on our way.

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We met up with the rest of our group, and hiked down from Cashel to where the bus was parked.

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Here you can really see the extent of the construction going on at Cashel.

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We were loaded back onto the bus and finished driving to Galway. We got there, got sorted into our rooms and all checked in. We were given the rest of the night to explore Galway, and get some dinner.

We stopped off in a cute little restaurant/pub ( that I cannot remember the name of to save my life!) and got some dinner. We all ended up ordering margaritas, because we wanted to be those people.

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They had banoffee pie (my newly discovered favorite dessert), so I ordered some!

We called it a night after dinner, opting to go back to the hostel and get a shower and go to bed. We had an early morning the next day. Stay tuned to hear all about it!

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