Pictured here is Hore Abbey, a ruined Cistercian abbey that stands near to the Rock of Cashel in the town of Cashel, Co Tipperary.
In this view the Rock of Cashel itself can be clearly seen on the left side of the frame.
Originally constructed in 1266, this was at first a Benedictine site, but it was given to the Cistercians in 1272 by Archbishop David MacCearbhaill who later joined the abbey himself.
As he made himself at home here, he granted gifts to the abbey of many things which actually belonged to the local town including farm land, mills and buildings. In addition to his obvious dislike of the already established orders in the town, this construed to make him an unpopular man with the people of Cashel. Many people in the locality resented him and the order, and many considered he was far too in favor of the local Irish people than of the Anglo Irish settlers. This was evident in the murder of two monks who visited the town and the strenuous objection of 38 local breweries to the levies he had imposed.
This was the last Cistercian abbey founded in Ireland prior to the reformation, and despite the intentions of MacCearbhaill, it was never a prosperous place, eking out a living for the centuries it stood here.
Although most of the abbey was built in the 13th century, many changes were made to it over time, including the construction of the tower in the center of the transept in the 15th century. The design and finish of the church is very plain and simple and a very good example of how the Cistercians were very conservative.
Situated only 1km from the Rock of Cashel, this place is ruined and desolate and suitable gloomy. Positioned in a field, it is accessible to the public and there are beautiful views of it from the grounds of the Rock itself. Despite being in itself a formidable ruin, and a wonderful example of its type of religious structure, very few people visit it. Thousands see it from the grounds of the rock, but not many take the short walk across the fields to view it up close.
As I approached it that morning, the many birds nestled in its crumbling walls took flight with an almighty squawk, and created a beautiful haunted sensation to the place.
Thanks for looking!
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tyro (24030) 2014-03-01 10:20
We are usually led to believe that the dissolution of the monasteries was a dreadful act but, if all their archbishops were of the same ilk as dear old David MacCearbhaill, then perhaps it wasn't quite so disastrous after all! That guy sounds like he was a real tyrant.
Another fine photograph taken either very early or very late in the day (you naughty boy, you never let us see your exif data so we can tell time of day or any of your camera settings!) with the ruins beautifully depicted against a wonderful sky. A good composition in which the flock of birds circling above the ruins is a fine inclusion.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-01 10:55
Hello dear Noel - The first thing I noticed here were the birds! On our travels around Ireland I cannot say how many derelict churches seemed to provide a home for flocks of birds... not pigeons, perhaps starlings?
I love your note; how many churchmen seemed to be in the business of 'taking' or 'giving' property that, in fact, was not theirs to give? IMO, church and state should remain separatist entities or put another way, church and power have no business being united.
Anyway, back to your shot. I sense the lonely isolation of this old building. Sad really but again shows that change is inevitable.
Nicely done and at least you took the time to have a closer look!
carlo62 (45722) 2014-03-01 11:43
l'antica abbazia fa ancora la sua bella figura contro il tramonto arancio.
Bello il volo degli uccelli che punteggia il cielo, vedo in lontananza che stannk facendo dei lavori, spero che possano recuperare queste antiche mura.
boa (7327) 2014-03-01 12:59
a long and interesting history from this old place! It looks a little eerie, a perfect place for a horror movie. It has it all,ruins, birds, countryside, perhaps some odd people are living here too:) I like the beautiful light in this scene, it create an almost magic atmosphere to this old place. Well done!
Have a nice evening/
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-03-01 13:20
these ruins might not be very impressive themselves but the way you captured them and the whole mood of the picture is very special. The light of the fading day goes with the character of the image and the orange rays add some color. I like the birds over the abbey and slightly clouded sky.
Well captured and presented.
Thanks for sharing
Fis2 (95471) 2014-03-01 14:12
A very curious ruins.
Good frame and colors.
Birds add savor of photo.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-01 20:55
J'aime beaucoup la présentation des ruines de cette abbaye isolée avec le ciel orangé et les oiseaux qui les survolent. Bien fait.
delpeoples (57264) 2014-03-01 21:36
Gidday dear Noel
Ooh now this one's spooky. Such a very different atmosphere to your previous photo, and a beautiful continuation of your series on the Rock of Cashel. This sky is absolutely magnificent, the clouds almost steal the show. The ruins are beautifully exposed and your post processing here is flawless. Birds freak me out, and I am shivering when I read the last words of your note. What an eerie place and I wish these walls could speak.
Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful Sunday
jjcordier (79297) 2014-03-01 22:19
La nuée d'oiseaux au dessus des ruines contribue à créer une atmosphère un peu angoissante, tout comme la zone orangée du ciel.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-02 2:27
la scena è bellissima com gli uccelli che aleggiano sopra le rovine ì, il cielo tempestoso e il sole che spunta appena dall'orizzonte.
Superba la composizione e straordinari i colori.
Ciao e buona domenica
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-02 2:59
Nice atmospheric capture of this abbey in ruins. The structure in the FG is well balanced by the castle on top of the hill in the BG. The flock of birds, the low light and the last light of the already faded sun adds so much to the composition. Nice presentation with a well researched note. Thanks for sharing.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-02 4:25
love this! I really need to get over to Ireland and see some of these beautiful old Abbeys and Castles. When captured in this light they are so atmospheric and thought provoking. I love the birds and orange glow in the sky here, things that were happening all the centuries ago when this was a working Abbey. It is a haunting and beautiful link with the past that makes the image all the evocative and sensual. Stunning!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
cornejo (40799) 2014-03-02 4:58
Hi Noel, very good picture of these interesting ruins with a beautiful light in the sky background, very well composed and captured this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
marabu61 (10677) 2014-03-02 5:01
When visiting the rock of Cashel, we where among the few who tripped down to Hore Abbey and liked it almost better than the rock itself. As I can see, the rock is still spoilt with scaffolding.
Wonderful moody shot with a truly gorgeous sky and the flock of birds just adds to the eerie feeling of the place.
have a great weekend
Silvio1953 (139727) 2014-03-02 9:37
Ciao Noel, great view of fascinating ruinnes, magic atmosphere, lovely composition with a lot of Flying birds, splendid light and womderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
omid266 (6735) 2014-03-02 20:43
** Salam ,Hi Noel,
Another excellent image in your gallery,
very nice captured with birds flying around,
nice text, nice moment with sunset,
well done , and Thanks for sharing this nice work,
Regards , Omid
mirosu (16031) 2014-03-03 4:13
I like this photo, excellent combination of light, shadows and nice colors. The Abbey is in superb contrast against bright sky. The sky itself is beautiful. Nice to see the birds above the Abbey, they add nice life to this beautiful scene.
Very well done.
abmdsudi (52325) 2014-03-03 20:28
This is spooky and well captured gathering of ruined medieval abbey on a grand scale against the grey sky with lovely touch of warm tone within the low light You've certainly made the most of that situation as the stark structures with effective shapes hold our interest when they break up the line and stand out. Your PP works really bore excellent results and this does have pleasant clarity, great contrast with good sense of scale and depth. The atmosphere turns this quite sinister enhanced by the flocks at the same time stops the eye from escaping up and away, I am sure Alfred Hitchcock would be very proud of this.....
mesutilgim (93868) 2014-03-04 13:06
Wonderfull capture of this mysterious scnenery.
The birds flying above the ruins adds a unique taste to your compo.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
emka (94298) 2014-03-04 14:33
Hi Noel, Wow, it looks quite spooky place. All these birds look like from horror movies. really haunted sensation. Wonderful ruins and excellent presentation.
WArm regrads MAlgo
lousat (89112) 2014-03-05 2:05
Hi Noel,what a atmopshere into this pic,truly beautiful the choice of the moment,with this fire in the sky on the right,and fantastic is the effect made by the in flight birds silhouettes,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
ourania (43510) 2014-03-05 10:41
a wonderful composition with a deep foreground, the ruined abbey standing suggestively in the middle of the setting and the distant castle making an intriguing impact from its rock. I like how on the other side of the ruins there's a different kind of interest, the beautiful warm light of the breaking day. A great impression of a place charged with passion and history, like so many other sites in Ireland. The flying birds are an extraordinary treat. Colours and atmosphere are lovely. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
jcpix (13908) 2014-03-05 18:03
Holy flock...no, wait...murderous flock of crow's! :) I can only deduce they were on their way to McBreakfast. lol Getting a strong Alfred Hitchcock vibe from this particular scene...or, are they actually evil flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz?? Hard to tell from this distance, but I would suggest not letting them follow you to the drive-thru.
My word that's a beautiful sky, are you hand picking these before you go out...has someone put in a good word for you to catch these moments, or what? The ruins alone would be interesting, but combined with the soft natural light and colors gives it that added "oomph" that sets it apart, and a notch above. The empty space of the window looks like two eyes and a big, albeit square, smile...which makes me do the same, a super image...all the way around! Almost to the weekend, enjoy the new day. Al the best.
Cheers from the rain-challenged desert,
Gigidusud (20717) 2014-03-07 14:30
Beautiful Abbey on background sunset. A great capture with the birds in flight. Nice composition, I like it!
Have a nice Week-end my friend.
Didi (60586) 2014-03-14 11:40
Nice view with an interesting mysterious ambiance
Typical Irish place with a good exposure balance of the sky
adores (44807) 2014-03-29 14:38
A really beautiful ruin! That window at the top is just great. I like the moment of the day, you got a good light and a beautiful sky and the birds flying really add a lot. Seems a very peaceful place.