Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ireland Blog #67: Downtown Cashel, the "Pipe" and a Graveyard Ghost

Rob and Tom outside an old gate
In blog #67 we'll cover the "Pipe" and St. Dominic's ruined Friary in downtown Cashel, Tipperary County, Ireland  and thought we'd add in the story of a graveyard ghost from the same county. 

The former "PIPE" now a fountain
Gargoyle fountain head
WHAT IS THE "PIPE" - A fountain with three spigots brought water to the residents of downtown Cashel in 1842. It was called "the Pipe." The water was discharged through the mouths of three gargoyles into troughs. In 1986, the structure was restored and converted to a fountain.  


Cashel Palace Hotel
St. Dominic's Friary
St. Dominic's Friary Ruins
This friary was founded in the year 1243! It was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1480. New windows were even installed in the building at the time. By 1540, however, the friary was dissolved and the building abandoned. It then fell into disrepair and ruins as it stands today. 


So, thanks to Paranormal, this little story of a ghost seen in  a graveyard in the county of Tipperary  seemed interesting enough, and it only happened 16 years ago! 
Here's the file from the Paranormal Database:
Location: Ballingarry Thurles - Old Church graveyard  Manifestation  
Date / Time: Circa 1999
Cr: Matt Alexander, Ballingarry Parish Journel
Further Comments: Two brothers, aged eight and ten years old, noticed a man peering over the wall of this grave yard. His head and shoulders were visible, and the figure wore a white shirt with dark glasses, and had curly hair. The man also looked like he had been crying, and ignored the children when they spoke to him. The children told their father, who pointed out the wall was eight feet high; upon hearing the description of the figure, the father recognized it as being a friend of his who died four years previous! 


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next