IRELAND – Cashel

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The Celtic name for this Irish Village is: Caiseal Mumham.  The municipality lies 25km from Clonmel, the nearest large city; 100km from Cork, the province capital and 180km from Dublin, the capital of Ireland.  Cashel was once the seat of the kings of Munster.  The town lives an enchanted life under the protection of the Rock of Cashel.  This cluster of medieval monuments rises dramatically out of Tipperary’s Golden Vale.  The Heritage Centre, located on Main Street, has a model of Cashel in the 1640’s

 

Walking is the best way to discover Cashel.  You can see places of historical and cultural interest  such as the Georgian cathedral, the Bolton library and the town walls, and learn about the folklore.  The Bolton library houses “the smallest book in the world”.  Dominic’s Abbey lies to the south east of the Rock and as founded in 1243.  Also local artwork and crafts can be admired in Cashel, for example the work of textile artist Winnie Looby, and Rossa Pottery.

 

In the Larkspur Park Sports Complex in Cashel there are facilities for squash, indoor bowls, pitch and putt, tennis and golf.  It is beautifully designed and incorporates a folk theatre, restaurant, craft centre and genealogy service.  Here entertainment is provided from June to September every Tuesday to Sunday.  Bru Boru is the heart of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri, the home of traditional Irish music and dance, offering a unique Irish cultural experience, nesting in the shadow of the ancient Rock of Cashel.

 

Cashel offers a taste of Tipperary’s gourmet food, crafts, art studios, gracious accommodation, cultural activities, warmth and hospitality.  Several styles and traditions meet within one town.  Cashel is the password to times past.  Cashel joined the Charter in 1989, has a population of over 4,000 and services the surrounding community, through retail, education, sport centres and with the Rock of Cashel  is a very dynamic tourism hub(seeing over 190,000 approx annually).

 

The surroundings of Cashel are interesting.  The village of Golden for example is built across the River Suir and is a popular venue for fishing.  The abbey of Athassel is the largest medieval abbey of Ireland and dates from the 12th century.   In Dundrum is a Celtic planetarium.  It contains 60,000 domestic plants, shrubs and trees.

Tipperary Town, with a population of over 5,000 is an old market town that still retains the charm and character of earlier times.  The Bridewell jail, is reputed to have held the father of the famous Ned Kelly before he was deported to Australia.  Tipperary Town is also a gateway town to the scenic Galtee Mountains and the renowned Glen of Aherlow.  The Heritage Centre and Family History Research Centre are located in the Excel Centre, Tipperary Town, known as the “Simon Ryan Theatre”, which is a modern 360 seated venue, featuring “State of the Art”   facilities for the performer and the audience.

 

In 2014 Tipperary County Council was formed following the merger of North and South Tipperary Councils.  It also resulted in the abolition of the Town Councils including Cashel Town Council.  Cashel now forms part of the Cashel-Tipperary Municipal District one of the five Districts in Tipperary.  The District has seven elected members in the District and a Chairperson of the District is elected on an Annual Basis.

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