Monday, August 24, 2015

Ireland Trip #64: Rock of Cashel's Roofless Cathedral

Roofless Cathedral
The Rock of Cashel was both a fortress and a cathedral. It was founded in the 300s AD and the current castle that stands on it was built in 1100 A.D. The adjoining Cathedral, like the castle, lay in ruins and is roofless like the castle.

ROOFLESS HISTORY - In the mid 1600’s, the Church of Ireland stopped using the cathedral and they removed the roof. They dismantled it because the roof was rich in lead, which could be used to make ammunition. Alchemists of the time also believed that the lead could be turned into gold, with the right catalyst. During those times, that belief made lead a very valuable commodity.  

Roofless cathedral
WE'VE MOVED -  When the Rock of Cashel and Cathedral began having roof problems, rather than fix them,  the Bishop moved the church into town in the 1730s, abandoning the property. 

Large cemetery in the back of the cathedral

LARGE CEMETERY - In the back of the Fortress and Cathedral was a large cemetery, filled with Celtic crosses and lots of dead people throughout the last two centuries. :)

The Rock of Cashel and Roofless Cathedral

HOW BIG WAS THE PROPERTY? - At it's height, the abbey owned over 200 acres!  That's a considerably large plot at that time, but necessary to abide by cistercian tenets of being self-sufficient.

NEXT: Some Odd Carvings Inside the Rock of Cashel 


Old sketch of the Rock of Cashel

Inside the castle known as the Rock of Cashel- our great tour guide Seamus was explaining the architecture.  

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