We were lucky on the day , the current conservation works being carried out on Cormacs Chapel result in it being periodically closed during 2016. But on the day we visited, it was open to the public.
The chapel contains the oldest and most important Romanesque wall paintings in Ireland. Unfortunately, a lot of these wall paintings have been affected by microorganisms which are the result of the damp conditions.
The wall paintings were painted on plaster, and it is this plaster which is affected by these damp conditions. Conservation works are currently ongoing to stop further deterioration .
When we left the Rock of Cashel, we ended up in the small tourist shop at the bottom of the rock. Not worth the visit.
The car park pay machine seemed to cause a lot of confusion with the many tourist, many looking to pay the €4 fee with a visa card - although the machine doesn't accept VISA cards.