The Rock of Cashel was begun in the 11th century, and became the seat of the kings of Munster. It was there that St. Patrick converted them to Christianity in the fifth century, and eventually a great cathedral was built, before the whole thing got sacked, burned and plundered by Oliver Cromwell.
According to folklore, the devil took a bite of a mountain some twenty miles away, chipped a tooth which irritated him, spat it out, and Cashel sprung up where that bite landed. The mountain with the missing piece is still known as the Devil’s Bit.
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