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Cashel (Irish: Caiseal, meaning "stone ringfort") is in County Tipperary in Ireland. It has a rich history and many sights - including Cashel Rock - an outcrop of limestone that has been the home of kings for hundreds of years. With a population of only 3000, it has been unspoiled by tourism and is a good example of a 'real' Irish town. Despite having such a small population, there's always something to do - local sports matches are held every day, and the local bars have live bands almost every day of the week.

Get in

By bus

There are no less than 14 buses a day stopping in Cashel.

From Dublin or Cork

You can get to Cashel by taking the Dublin-Cork line with Bus Eiranne, this costs €13 (10% discount if booked online) buses between Dublin and Cork (and vice-versa) leave every two hours.

From Limerick or Waterford

Cashel is on the Limerick-Waterford line with Bus Eiranne, There are about 6 buses a day on this line.

From Galway

Take a bus to Limerick, there are direct buses to Cashel from Limerick

By car

Cashel is bypassed by the M8. Turn off at either Junction 7 from the North, or Junction 9 from the South.

Get around

Cashel is a small traditional Irish town, you can get anywhere by walking.

See

  • 1 Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), ☏ +353 62 61437, ✉ rockofcashel@opw.ie. More formally St. Patrick's Rock, it is also known as Cashel of the Kings. Reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman invasion The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. The buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanseque and Germanic influences in their architecture. Adult €8, Senior €6, Child/Student €4.
  • 2 Bolton Library. The Bolton Library contains a unique collection of antiquarian books and is the finest collection outside of Dublin. The books were collected by Archbishop Theophilis Bolton, Archbishop of Cashel from 1730 to 1744. The collection contains a wide range of subjects and includes a 12th century manuscript, the Nuremnberg Chronicle and works by Dante, Swift, Calvin, Erasmus and Machiavelli.
  • 3 Kearney's Castle. Kearney's Castle is a fifteenth century castle. In the past it was used as a garrison by Lord Inchiquin's army. The Kearney family lived in the building for many years. Fr. John Kearney was hanged in the castle in 1652. The building operated as a hotel but has now been closed permenantly.
  • 4 Hore Abbey (Mainistir Iubhair). A ruined Cistercian monastery.
  • 5 Brú Ború, Rock Cottage, 1 Rock Ln, Moor, ☏ +353 62 61122. A national cultural centre at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. This cultural village is designed around a village green and is a home to the study and celebration of native Irish music, song, dance, theatre and Celtic studies. It has a folk theatre, genealogy centre, restaurant and other amenities. Brú Ború traditional group have performed worldwide.
  • 6 Folk Village, Dominic St, St. Dominick's Abbey, ☏ +353 87 915 1316. Cashel folk village is a delightful series of informal reconstructions of various traditional thatched village shops, a forge, and other businesses, together with a penal Chapel situated in a confined area within the town of Cashel, near to the famous Rock Of Cashel. There is also an old IRA museum and audio-visual presentation (1916-1923).
  • City Walls.
  • The Fountain.
  • 7 Golden Castle is one helluva name to give to the dilapidated stump on the island in the River Suir. "Golden" is the English best effort at An Gabhailín, "The Grange", though the richness of the farmland is indeed precious. You only come this way along N74 to reach the Priory, turn south here and see below.
  • 8 Athassel Priory, Athassel North, Golden (7 km southwest of Cashel). Extensive ruined priory founded by the Augustinians in the late 12th century, teetering by the river side. It was energetically built up and equally energetically burned down, as was the adjacent village, and finally ruined by the 16th C Reformation.

Do

  • Golf. There are 3 18-hole golf courses near Cashel.
  • Karting. Hot Rod Car Racing, Outdoor Racing Center, Tipperary Raceway.
  • Clonmel Greyhound Stadium, ☏ +353 52 83333. Racing every Thursday, 20:00 and Sunday, 19:30.
  • GAA Stadium. On most nights and on Sundays, you can watch a game of Gaelic sports between local teams - Hurling, Gaelic football, or Camogie.
  • Angling. The Salmon and Trout season on the river Suir open on 17 March and closes on 30 September. Angling licences needed (Available from Casale 2000, Bank Pl, Cashel).
  • Walking. Tipperary Heritage Way Walk - from Cashel to The Vee, this signposted walk takes forest tracks and historic sites along the river Suir. 55km in total. Cashel-Golden walk is 11 km along the banks of the River Suir.

Buy

Eat

  • 1 Morelli's, 4 Bank Place, ☏ +353 87 774-5641. Open until 01:00. Fast food place, serves tradition 'Irish' fast food (burgers, chips, sausages, fish, chicken wings etc.) as well as oven baked American style pizzas.
  • So Juicy, 104 Main St, ☏ +353 86 252-9098. 10:00-17:00. So Juicy is a fresh juice bar, serving juices and smoothies which are made to order. They also serve sandwiches, cookies and muffins.
  • 2 Chez Hans, The Butt of the Rock, ☏ +353 62 61177. 18:00-22:00. Built in an old church, Chez Hans is an upmarket restaurant serving mainly French-style cooking. €30+.
  • Indo Spice Restaurant, Lower Gate St, ☏ +353 62 63801. 17:00-11:30. Indian restaurant.

Drink

Cashel has many traditional Irish pubs that remain untouched by tourists.

  • 1 Feehans Bar, 105 Main St, ☏ +353 62 61929. Food Served 12:00-18:00.
  • The Brian Boru Bar, Main St, ☏ +353 62 63381, ✉ info@thebrianboru.com. Live music and DJ's. Thursday-Monday.
  • The Moor Lane Tavern, Main St, ☏ +353 62 62093. Live music and DJ's. Thursday-Sunday and Tuesday.
  • Campions Bar, Main St (across the road from Feehans). A quaint little pub. Regularly hosts local bands.

Sleep

  • Cashel Holiday Hostel, 6 John St, ☏ +353 62 62330, ✉ info@cashelhostel.com. The cheapest accommodation in town, gets very mixed reviews for cleanliness and comfort. Large common areas, kitchen and laundry facilities. Has dorm, they also run Cashel Town B&B next door. Dorm €16 ppn.
  • Cashel Town B & B, 5 John St E25 N564, ☏ +353 62 62330, ✉ info@cashelbandb.com. Fairly basic B&B with six rooms in a refurbished Georgian town house. B&B double €60.
  • Ashmore House, John St, ☏ +353 62 61286. Clean welcoming B&B behind the yellow door.
  • 2 Rockville House B&B, 10 Moore Lane, The Rock Industrial Park, ☏ +353 62 61760, ✉ rockvillehse@eircom.net. Check-in: 13:00-18:30, check-out: 09:30-10:00. Splendid little B&B with a great host. No dogs. B&B double €70.
  • Baileys Hotel, 42 Main St E25 XF79, ☏ +353 62 61937. Charming 1709 building with great comfort and dining. B&B double €140.
  • Cashel Palace Hotel is being refurbished and is due to re-open in mid-2021.

Connect

As of July 2020, there's a good mobile and 4G signal in town with all carriers, but the road through Golden to Tipperary is dead. 5G has not yet reached this area.

  • Cashel Public Library, Friar St, Cashel, ☏ +353 62 63825. Internet €2/hr.

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