The Rock of Cashel is the place where the Munster Kings were coroneted and lived from about the 300's AD until the Norman Invasion. After which, all of the buildings were turned over to the church. Now, in that one statement I just told you a LOT more than I know. I was not familiar with the Irish Munster Kings. And I sort of remember the Norman Invasion as one of the answers of a multiple choice question from Western Civilization my freshman year of college. But right here were our group of Mis'sippians was standing is where some of it, and apparently a very important part of it, took place. I am sure the Norman Invasion ranks right up there at Cashel with how important Grant's Siege is to Vicksburg, which in Cashel is probably no more than one of the choices in a multiple choice history test.
So I don't feel too bad about not knowing more about the place. You can't know everything. But I have made a vow to become a better informed traveler BEFORE the next trip. Because looking at what is here, or better put, what is LEFT of what is here, Cashel must have been a very significant place in Irish and even European history.
Not much of what is here now dates all the way back to the 300's. Most of this is from the 1100's. Cormac's Chapel was built by one of the Munster kings in 1127. It is under intense preservation now to try to reverse the effects of moisture over the centuries. Nothing in here is built perfect. All the construction is off a bit because it was understood that only God could make a thing to perfection. Anything man builds will inherently not achieve that standard. So they saw to it that their work wouldn't by purposefully mis-matching things. My construction projects easily live up to their sub-standard goal and I don't even have to try.
St. Patrick's Cathedral at Cashel is billed as the most remarkable Romanesque church in Ireland. It was built in the 1200's. And was used continuously until 1748. The roof is gone, but all the better to get a good look around inside. The round tower is the oldest building on top of the rock. It was built in about 1100.
So in typical tourists fashion I stood awe struck at the age and the magnificence of the structures at the Rock of Cashel and remarked to myself, "Wow. This is really something. I wonder what?" A question I hope to never ask myself again on any future outings.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:04:16 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Family members went by to check on Frances Copsy and her son, Ronald Whittington, and found both of them dead.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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