We will rock you!
From humble beginnings, the buildings atop the Rock grew over the years to become the complex of interlocking structures that make it such a marvel.
At its centre is the 13th century cathedral anchoring the Rock, while the 15th century Hall of the Vicars Choral is where laymen once chanted cathedral services – their voices could be heard for miles. In the dark and damp of Cormac’s Chapel, 800-year-old frescoes line the archways: gold-headed saints, hands layered over sapphire blue, and robes of blood red strain to be seen against centuries of decay.
At the back, you'll find a hint towards Ireland's Viking past. A sarcophagus, rumoured to contain the remains of King Cormac's brother Tadhg, is engraved with an elegant carving of two intertwining beasts – a symbol said to invoke blessings for an eternal life. The round tower, built in 1100 and rising 28 metres above the ground, is said to be the Rock’s oldest surviving building. You can no longer climb the tower, but the views around it are simply sublime.
With icons of everlasting life, centuries-old heritage and legacy literally written in stone, is there any doubt that the Rock of Cashel is the ultimate rock star?