THE ROCK OF CASHEL, DUBLIN, AND HOME 9/6/13-9/7/13
We were longing to explore some more ruins on our way back to Dublin, and a brief internet search led us to the Rock of Cashel, conveniently located right between Cork and Dublin. We decided to head there for our final full day in Ireland. The impressive ruins sit on a hill overlooking the countryside. The complex includes a walled plateau, containing a medieval castle and cathedral that are connected, but built at different times over the centuries. It also includes a ruined monastery at the foot of the hill. The official tour covered the rich history of the castle and cathedral, but didn’t mention much about the monastery. We wandered down the hill and across a field of cow pies to explore it. The ruins were empty, and mostly on the ground level, except for what looked like a room above the crossing of the two axes of the building. The only way in seemed to be by climbing the ruins and walking along the top a wall to a small doorway. I made the climb and found myself in a peaceful, secluded room with no roof and four stone walls covered with ivy. After spending some time sketching and taking pictures, we took to the road again and for one more night of partying in Dublin.