Tipperary contains many sites which were of major ecclesiastical importance in times gone by; the Rock of Cashel is internationally famous and attracts visitors in their droves annually.
Holycross Abbey is widely known as a place of pilgrimage and worship and is prominent on tourist trails. However, there are many other sites that are lesser known outside the county, yet are nonetheless significant from an ecclesiastical and heritage point of view. Gortnahoe-Glengoole native Professor Willie Nolan of UCD, whose expertise lies in the area of the historical geography of rural Ireland, will give a public lecture on these sites around Mid Tipperary on Thursday evening next, November 15th at 8 p.m. in the Horse & Jockey Hotel.
The lecture will give an account of the many abbeys, church ruins, graveyards, holy wells and other sites of religious significance. The lecture is being organised by South Tipperary Development Company as part of a project to maximise the benefit of ecclesiastical heritage for local tourism. Admission is free. For further information contact Conor Ryan of South Tipperary Development Company on (087) 7378123.