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This is a remarkable outcrop of limestone rising 200 feet above the plain and crowned with its magnificent group of ruins; it is one of Ireland’s great historic sites.

The Rock was the seat of Munster kings from about 370 until 1101, when king Murtagh O’Brien granted it to the church.

St Patrick, on visiting it in 450, baptised King Aengus and his brothers here. Brian Boru was crowned King of Munster at Cashel.

On its grant to the Church in 1101 the rock was dedicated to "God, St Patrick and St Ailbhe".