Entry was free during my visit because the buildings have had scaffolding on them for years, since at least 2011 according to photographs that I have taken of the archaeological treasure; that scaffolding is in the process of being taken down so much of the site is inaccessible. Entry to Cashel usually costs €8 per adult.
Cashel was seat of the Kings of Munster, the region covering the southwest of Ireland in which Tipperary is situated. And it is said that Saint Patrick, whom I have written about here, baptised the King of Munster here hence the Rock of Cashel is known as Carraig Phádraig in Irish or Patrick's Rock.
Most of the buildings that are extant on the hill date from the early 12th century and the mid 13th century including the 28m high round tower seen in the image.
Despite limited access, the site should be fully reopen by Easter if not before but do check to make sure, and the rain the experience was worthwhile especially for the small museum of artefacts from the site and locally including twelfth century carvings, a high cross and a bronze age sword.
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