Thursday, 17 September 2015
The see of Cashel was either founded or restored at the beginning of the 10th century; and was made an archbishopric in 1152.
Emly, which was established in the 5th century, is said to have been at first an archbishopric also.
They were united in 1568.
The Province of Cashel was almost confined to County Tipperary, branching a very little way into counties Kilkenny and Limerick.
It was twenty-eight miles in length, and twenty-three in breadth.
The united sees were very compact, extending thirty-two miles one way, and thirty the other.
THE PALACE, Cashel, County Tipperary, was built between 1730-32 by the Most Rev Dr Theophilus Bolton, Lord Archbishop of Cashel from 1730-44.
It was designed by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce.
The palace comprises two storeys over a basement, with a dormer attic in a high-pitched roof.
The noble entrance front is Palladian with rose-coloured brick and stone facings.
The main block is of seven bays with a three-bay central breakfront.
There is a spacious panelled hall, with a screen of fluted Corinthian columns and pilasters; arched door-cases embellished with scrolls; and a modillion cornice.
The principal reception rooms face the garden front, looking towards the Rock of Cashel.
These rooms were redecorated early in the 19th century by the Most Rev Charles Agar.
A long room on one side of the forecourt once contained Archbishop Bolton's splendid library.
The last prelate to live at the palace was the Most Rev Richard Laurence, Lord Archbishop of Cashel and Primate of Munster from 1822-38.
In 1839, when the diocese of Cashel was united with that of Waterford, till the end of the 1950s, the palace was occupied by the Dean.
The Church of Ireland sold the palace in 1959 to the 2nd Baron Brocket, who opened it as a hotel in 1962.
Thereafter the hotel changed hands a number of times until it was restored and refurbished by its present owners.