Cashel kă´shəl [key] [Irish,=castle], town (1991 pop. 2,314), Co. Tipperary, S central Republic of Ireland. An agricultural market, it was formerly the ancient capital of the kings of Munster and was the stronghold of Brian Boru . On the Rock of Cashel, rising 300 ft (91 m) in the center of town, are the ruins of the 13th-century St. Patrick's Cathedral, a round tower (10th cent.), an ancient cross, and Cormac's Chapel (12th cent.). Below the Rock are the ruins of Hore Abbey (1272). Cashel is the seat of a Roman Catholic archbishop and of an Anglican bishop.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: British and Irish Political Geography