The Rock of Cashel is the historic seat of power of the Kings of Munster. In 445, St. Patrick was sent by the Pope to bring Christianity to the pagan Irish. When he arrived at Cashel, it had been the home base of the Munster Kings for hundreds of years.
Cashel epitomizes so much about Irish history. For centuries, it served as the center for Celtic kings for an enormous region of Ireland. It was one of the early places where Christianity took hold. St. Patrick baptised King Aengus, King of Munster, near Cashel in about 450 A.D. The site was donated to the Church in 1101 and the round tower was the first surviving structure. Oliver Cromwell's troops burned the defenders of Cashel in the Round Tower at the Cathedral in the 1650s.
What a great place to begin our Irish journey.