The Emerald Isle


I self-drove out of Dublin to the south and west to the medieval town of Kilkenny, whose history goes back to the sixth century A.D. as a church settlement and following the Norman Invasion of Ireland in the late 12th Century, Kilkenny Castle & town walls were constructed to protect Norman invader interest in this region of Ireland. I then traveled to the Rock of Cashel, which has a history going back over a thousand years.

Kilkenny is the administrative center of County Kilkenny in the province of Leinster in south-west Ireland & located on both banks of the River Nore.


This photograph of the church on the below left was in use for services in Kilkenny but a section of the church at one end had the roof & some of the windows were missing.

Church ruins on the Rock of Cashel, pictured on the right, was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster which is the province of the six counties in southwest Ireland, for several hundred years prior to the Norman Conquest and in 1101 Muirchertach O'Briain, King of Munster, gave the Rock of Cashel to the Roman Catholic Church.

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