I stopped in Cashel because I wanted to be in a quaint Irish town with some history in it. In Cashel I found a charming hostel on John St. right in the middle of town. I arrived at night, and found a bunch of people in the living room sitting around chatting. There was a little wood stove warming up the place, a big screen t.v., a little library, a free computer, and people who worked there enjoying each others' company, laughing, and making me feel very welcome. The staff were from everywhere, and it felt as if this were someone's home, and everyone had come for a visit. After getting settled into my room (which was very clean and warm feeling), I went downstairs to find staff and guests in the kitchen (which was huge and very clean!) at a large round table, having dinner together and talking about their travels. Again it felt like more like a family than a hostel, and it was so much fun! Outside I found a nice seating area with an overhang to keep off the drizzle and a barbecue. Everything seemed brand new and ready for a fun sunny day. The staff recommended places to go and a charming Irish pub around the corner. The rock of Cashel has the most amazing views of Ireland! It's only a 5 minute walk from the hostel. I also went to Hore Abbey, which made me feel like I was living 1000 years ago! The staff also helped out by suggesting that I keep walking down the road from the Abbey. This walk was amazing! It lead me past horses prancing through the countryside, forests, and a lovely river that was beautiful. If you want to FEEL Ireland take this walk after stopping at this hostel. There's nothing like a small town in Ireland, and wonderful hostel to show you for a glimpse of time what it would be like to really live in Ireland.
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