Cashel & Environs (Co. Tipperary)

Hore Abbey


Hore / Hoare Abbey (thought to derive its name from iubhair – yew tree), aka St Mary’s Abbey, is a ruined Cistercian monastery northwest of the Rock of Cashel. (Photo by Mike Heywood)


It is said that the Benedictines who founded it were expelled c.1272 by the Archbishop of Cashel, David MacCearbhaill / McCarville, allegedly on the pretext that he had dreamt of their plan to murder him. McCarville, who had taken the Cistercian habit in 1269, was resented by the townsfolk, who considered him too much in favour of the Irish. He would have been mainly concerned with revenue, to which end he endowed the Abbey generously with land, mills and other benefices previously belonging to the town, and later retired to the monastery.


The abbey, never prosperous, was dissolved in 1540, and by 1545 the property was being rented out by an enterprising ‘clerk’ called Edward Heffernan for private housing; one residence centred around the chapter-house, while additional houses were carved out of the south transept and the western part of the nave. The chancel and crossing continued to function as a local parish church and three monks were retained as curates.


In 1561 Queen Elizabeth I granted the lands to Sir Henry Radcliffe, and they were afterwards transferred to James Butler, Earl of Ormond. The property, with the greater part of the parish, later belonged to the Moore family, who held the titles of Viscount / Earl of Mount Cashell (extinct 1915).

Boherlahan (Co. Tipperary / South)

Boherlahan is a small village north of Cashel. 

Longfield House, an 18th mansion originally built for the Long family, was the last home of transport tycoon Charles Bianconi (1786 – 1875). It is said that as he breathed his last, a phantom coach and horses were heard coming up the driveway. The house was used as a recording studio in the 1970s by various well-known groups, including Horslips.

Boherlahan is on the R660 linking Cashel with Holycross Abbey on ByRoute 6.

Rosegreen (Co. Tipperary / South)

Rosegreen (Faiche Ró) (Pop, 200), formerly known as Rathmacarthy (Ráth Mhic Cárthaigh -“MacCárthaigh’s Ringfort”), derives its modern name from a corruption of Roe’s Green, after the landlord Andrew Roe, who died in 1722 and whose tomb lies in the village graveyard in the ruins of the old church.

Ballydoyle Stables is renowned in the bloodstock industry as the racehorse training establishment of Vincent O’Brien.

Rosegreen lies west of Fethard on ByRoute 4 and is on the R688 linking Cashel with Clonmel.

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