First Year History Trip May 2012


The 2012 St Francis College Annual First-Year History Tour went off a blast. Ancient medieval sites in Co Tipperary were the focus of this year’s outing. On Friday,18th May, one hundred and thirty students, accompanied by their teachers boarded three motor coaches and visited an ancient Norman Motte (a Motte and Bailey site originally) at Knockgraffon, a medieval castle at Cahir and the world famous medieval monastery at the Rock of Cashel.


Students were attired for mixed weather but looming clouds and occasional dirty drizzle did not dampen their spirits. In fact quite the contrary with many students citing Knockgraffon Motte’s slippy assent, due to wet grass, as being a major challenge and lots of fun. The motte also impressed on students just how this massive man-made earthen mound would have given the Normans a significant height advantage over assaults on their position from Irish tribes nearly 1,000 years ago.

Students also enjoyed a guided tour at the Rock of Cashel which included Ireland’s oldest Romanesque church, Cormac’s Chapel, and the Rock’s remarkable round tower.

In Cahir students experienced its medieval castle associated with the Butler family and students enjoyed free time after their guided tour to explore the castle’s defensive features and rooms including its portcullis, slit windows, ramparts, curtain walls, spiral stairs and great hall.

Many thanks to Mr Weldon who organised the trip and to all the staff involved including Mr Hennessy, Ms Henchin, Mr O’Halloran, Ms O’Leary and Ms Harnen.  Also a big thanks to the students for their participation and excellent behaviour.