Saturday, April 10, 2010
The rock rises from the fertile planes of south Tipperary, in Pagan times it was thought of as a fairy hill, legend also has it that it is made up from a bite that the Devil took out of a mountain north of Thurles, see Devils bit. In 977 it was the spot where legendry High King of Ireland Brian Boru was crowned, later it was the high the seat of the High Kings of Munster for several centuries. It was the scene of a massacre during the Confederate wars during the 1640's in 1647 when it was sacked by the English troops. Not only were the rebel confederate troops killed but lay people and Catholic clergy killed.
Most of the buildings on the site date from the 12th and 13th Centuries though the oldest is dated back to the 11th, there were probably timber structures on the site before the stone buildings. This was the seat of the Eoganachta Kings of Munster a dynasty founded by Connall Corc but named after Eogan an ancestor of his that was said to be the son of Mythical kin. This was their seat for several hundred years until the invasion of the Normans.
Posted by Paz at 11:51 PM