Saturday, March 03, 2007

Rockin' to Cashel

We made our way over to County Tipperary to see the Rock of Cashel. The original buildings on this site date to 1100! It is located atop a stone knoll, making for amazing views all around, a terrific advantage during times of invasion. A little wikipedia background:
Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century A.D. The buildings which crown the Rock of Cashel present a mass and outline of great complexity, rivalling other sites in western Europe. The complex has a character of its own, unique and native, and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.
It was truly beautiful. We took a bunch of photos while we wandered around and marveled at the carvings and the scale of the architecture.

After we closed down the Rock of Cashel, we made our way back to Maynooth to experience the live traditional Irish music at the local pub. C is EXTREMELY popular here. I don't think she would have any trouble finding a nice Irish husband to get her green card for her! She did manage to get a nice Irish bloke in trouble with his wife... there was some gathering of coats and stern finger pointing because of our bonny C! Music was a blast! Those Irish men can be very touchy-feely...I just tried to be sure I was safely in the middle of our little group and pointed out C to nice man that came over, that seemed to take care of it! Thus ended our first weekend in Ireland. C and F had to get back to work on Monday, so Sara and I were ready to start our first solo adventures!


Debra said...

Just spent some lovely time this morning travelling to Ireland with my friends without leaving the comfort of my couch. What impressed me the most was...that map! How did you get the cool pt A, pt B etc all put together in such a pretty little graphic? My friends are GENIUSES I tell you!

Happy Sunday!

Anna said...

Jen and Sara - absolutely love your blog and your pictures! Though, it looks like someone else is trying to get in on this shot...funny man!

Fun girls said...

Nothing like armchair travel, is there? Thanks to 'Google earth' for the map!

C's Dad (his blog is linked on our page) is the one sneaking in on our pic!