Athassel Priory is a ruined monastic site on the western bank of the River Suir 8 km southwest of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland. The Athassel Priory of St. Edmund the King was a foundation of the Augustinian Canons Regular under the patronage of Walter de Burgh, 1st Earl of Ulster who was buried there in 1271. The Augustinians were not centralised to the same degree as that of the Cistercians.
Tipperary Castles and Forts
These two sandstone Ahenny High Crosses are impressive and both date from the 8th to 9th century, among the earliest of the ringed high crosses. These crosses reproduce in stone what would have been patterns in earlier wooden crosses, complete with patterns that mimic the metalwork that held the wooden cross together. While later high crosses concentrated on biblical scenes, these earlier crosses carried intricate interlace designs on almost every surface.
Cahir Castle is one of the largest, best preserved castles in Ireland and is situated on a rocky island outcrop in the middle of the River Suir. It represents the pinnacle of mediaeval skill. Superbly presented, it has one of very few working portcullises in Ireland. The origins of the castle are traced back to the third century when a Dun (earthen fort) was built upon the rocky Island and gave the town it's original name "Dun Iascaigh" or "town of the fish fort".
The church of this Cistercian Abbey was re-roofed in 1975 and thus was restored to its former glory one of the finest of Irish 15th century churches. The foundation was originally Benedictine (1169), but in 1180 Cistercian monks were brought by Donal Mor O'Brien from Monasteraneagh, Co. Limerick (q.v.) to re-found the monastery and the Charter of the Abbey was confirmed in 1186.
Hore abbey was first a Cistercian then a Benedictine Monastery located near the Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary. The remains consist of portions of the cloister and two chapels in each transept. A tower was added in the 15th century....
The present massive tower, or donjon, was originally one of three towers interspersed in the curtain wall of a strong Norman castle. The castle was founded by Theobald Walter (nephew of Thomas a Becket) in the first twenty years of the 13th century. A few hundred yards away, in Abbey Street, are the remains of a 13th-century Franciscan friary.
Ormond Castle is the best example of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland. It was built by Thomas, the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560s. Closely integrated into the manor house are two 15th century towers. It is the country's only major unfortified dwelling from that turbulent period. The state rooms contain some of the finest decorative plasterwork in the country, including plasterwork portraits. Situated in the town on Carrick-on-Suir.
Cashel is home of the majestic Rock of Cashel. A spectacular tourist attraction in Ireland and one most visited. Cashel’s rich history is reflected in its built heritage, from prehistoric raths to mediaeval monasteries and fortified town houses, a Georgian Cathedral and a 21st century Library. The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster. The buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanseque and Germanic influences in their architecture.
St Patricks well is one of the largest wells in Ireland, with a shimmering pool at its mouth and a 6th-7th century Cross mounted on a Plinth in the pool centre. In 1969, thanks to the efforts of the then Mayor of Los Angeles, Sam Yorty (whose mother was born in Clonmel) the Irish Israeli Society of South California and the St. Patrick's Day Society Clonmel much needed restoration and landscaping was carried out on the well site. It has now become as well known as a tourist attraction as a place of Pilgrimage.