Rock of Cashel. County of Tipperary

Artist(s) : George Holmes (Draughtsman)

View of ecclesiastical buildings on the Rock of Cashel, seen from the village below. In the foreground, three men are carrying a baulk of timber. More timbers are scattered on the ground on the right. There is a thatched cabin and a man with a cart in the foreground on the left, and further buildings at the base of the Rock. Another individual is walking nearby.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Geo. Holmes Delt.
    Alken Sculpt.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Rock of Cashel. County Tipperary.
    Published by Vernor & Hood, Poultry, March 1, 1801.
  • Instructions to binder – To face page 23.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Aquatints
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Cities and towns, Forts and fortifications, Rural life
Geographical Location
  • Rock of Cashel - Named locality
  • Cashel - Town or city
  • Tipperary - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Cabins, Carts, Churches, Cliffs, Cottages, People, Rock formations, Ruins
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 10.6 cm x 17.1 cm
Published / created 1801

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Sketches of some of the Southern Counties of Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 23
Source copy National Library of Ireland THOM 91414
Alternative source

This is a link to a digital copy hosted by an external website.
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Cashel, Aug. 12.
Dear Sir, THIS morning, after an early breakfast, we ascended the rock, not without several pauses to admire this stupendous ruin, whose awful towers and projecting buttresses seemed to overhang us in our approach. The surface of the summit is very irregular, producing several pretty swells, and covered with a rich soil. A wall of some strength encircles it, which, by following the slopes and indentations of the rock, discovers the base of the ruin in many places, rising from its green and tufted bed. We entered by a lofty gate in the great western tower, origi- [p.23] nally a part of the regal palace, from which we passed to the north cross, containing the chapel of the apostles, and some private chapels. I observed a few tombs richly sculptured, but no inscription legible. In the centre of the chapel is a deep excavation like a well, which, we were informed, was the commencement of a subterraneous passage leading to Hore Abbey, which lies in the vale about a quarter of a mile from the rock. It is exceedingly deep, and appears well built: the steeple rises from four finely proportioned arches: the floors are all destroyed; owing, it is said, to the great bell having fallen while taking down to be removed; it broke through all the floors, and sunk itself considerably in the ground floor. The western tower is spacious, and formerly contained many magnificent rooms, befitting the splendour of their ancient possessors: the ornaments round the windows and in the seats are curious, and rich in their style. From these apartments, the coun- [p.24] try is overlooked for many miles round, gratifying the eye with a prospect of as rich a tract as can be met with, stretching through the most fertile vales of the county of Tipperary. The choir and nave are strewed over with the mutilated remains of its former decorations; and tombs, weeds, and rubbish, so choak up the whole, that I with great difficulty could pace it from end to end. It is about 210 feet, as well as I could judge by my obstructed steps. The east window lies prostrate; but so broken, that any traces of its original form or richness no longer exist. [p.22-24]
Rock of Cashel. County of Tipperary