St.Patrick’s Day contribution

rock of cashelYeah, a lot of people will be celebrating by wearing green, drinking green beer or Guinness and if not fully prepared, feeling a little ‘green’ tomorrow.  However, I couldn’t resist in celebrating in a stony way. I realise that stone, stone-masonry, etc. is a form of art, so here is my first stone-masonry offering from the ‘Green Isle’

The Rock of Cashel (Irish: Carraig Phádraig), is also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock. It  is an historic site located at Cashel, South Tipperary, in Ireland.

According to local mythology, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil’s Bit, a mountain 20 miles (30 km) north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock’s landing in Cashel.  Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century.In 1101, the King of MunsterMuirchertach Ua Briain, donated his fortress on the Rock to the Church.

The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.Unfortunately, only a few remnants of the early structures survive; with the majority of buildings on the current site dating from the 12th and 13th centuries.

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