Castles in the Eire
GAELIC GETAWAY, CHAPTER 6: IN WHICH WE ROCK AND ROLL
Day 6: Waterford, Kilkenny and Cashel. With yesterday's rain and car issues to deal with, we saw nothing of Kilkenny, one of Ireland's best preserved medieval towns. But it was only 32 miles away, mostly on the M9 motorway, so we knew we could correct that deficiency today. The weather even cooperated, offering up some blue skies this morning.
Our first stop was Kilkenny Castle built in the first decade of the 13th century on a strategic height commanding a crossing point on the River Nore. Bought by James Butler in 1391, the castle was the primary residence of the Butler family for almost 600 years. In 1661, another James Butler remodeled and enlarged the castle to its current size. By the 1930s, family interests led the then owner to sell the castle's contents and move to London.
|Kilkenny Castle from Rose Garden|
|Rose Garden from Kilkenny Castle|
Thus fortified, we set off for the opposite end of town to check out St. Canice's Cathedral and search for a letterbox there. Because today was Sunday, the church was closed to visitors until 2 p.m., so in the time before we could enter, we explored the surrounding churchyard and became first finders on a letterbox hidden there last month by a U.S. letterboxer visiting Ireland.
|St. Canice's Cathedral and round tower|
|St. Canice's Cathedral interior|
|Rock of Cashel (photo by Rick Neal)|
|Ruins of the Cashel cathedral|
|View from the top of Rock of Cashel testifies to its strategic importance.|
|A very dark night|
- Started in Waterford, ended in Waterford
- Mileage - 128 (Trip total: 5,268 )
- Weather - 44° to 52°- partly cloudy to light rain
- Sunrise - 8:22, Sunset - 4:17
- Letterboxes - found 2, planted 1
SUNDAY, 6 DECEMBER, 2015
More Photos from Today
|Museum in the restored Hall of Vicars Choral at the Rock of Cashel|
|St. Canice's Cathedral|