Making noise with my family...

Making noise with my family...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Rock of Cashel, seat of the high kings of Munster.

This is where we had lunch today...well near it, not in it obviously. Didn't visit it today but Ill go back and take proper pictures another day.

The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. Few remnants of the early structures survive; the majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.
According to local mythology, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil's Bit, a mountain 30 km north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock's landing in Cashel.
 (source: Wikipedia)

Pauline Bewick

Today we had lunch in Café Hans - attached to Chez Hans the restaurant in Cashel. I'd never been before so I was delighted to see three watercolours by one of my favourite Irish artists, Pauline Bewick, hanging on the wall beside me. It made the food all the more delicious. I couldn't find them online and I didn't want to poke my camera phone in someone's face as they ate their lunch. So here's another example of a tapestry she did entitled 'Lovers and Stars'. I've loved her work since my mother showed me a book of her paintings when I was a child.