We drive through county Tipperary to Cahir Castle from the 13th century situated on a rock island in the river Suir.
A rather strange river with two dams to regulate the water.We didn't visit this one but went to another castle.
We went to the "Rock of Cashel", a fortress built on a rock from the 4th and 5th century the Kings of Munster resided here. In 1101 they handed the castle to the Church and it became a flourishing religious center. The troops of Cromwell in 1647 took over the castle after a siege and murdered all the 3000 residents of Cashel. The cathedral is now in renovation and most of the medieval complex still stands.
Here the cathedral.
And the inside.
It had the typical round tower we had seen before at other places.
Then we arrive in the medieval city of Kilkenny.
With little alleys, called slips.
It is the day of the castles and we visit Kilkenny Castle built in 1190 and for ages inhabited by the Butler family. No photos allowed in the inside.
The weather changes suddenly from drizzle to very hot summer and the Irish enjoy the sun as the Dutch also immediately do.