Kilkenny Castle Landscape

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle has been the centrepiece of Kilkenny City for over 800 years. Occupying a strategic vantage point along the River Nore, this imposing fortress first started out as a tower house built by the Anglo-Norman invader Strongbow (aka Richard de Clare). The castle is more synonymous with the Butler family, the Earls of Ormonde, […]

Gowran Castle

Gowran Castle

Detached seven-bay two-storey over part-raised basement Classical-style house, built 1817-9, probably incorporating fabric of earlier house, 1713, with three-bay two-storey pedimented breakfront having three-bay single-storey flat-roofed projecting porch to ground floor, three-bay two-storey side elevations, and five-bay two-storey Garden (south) Front having three-bay two-storey pedimented breakfront. Subsequently extended, pre-1840, comprising five-bay two-storey over part-raised basement […]

Burnchurch Castle

Burnchurch Castle

There is precious little material available about this pretty well preserved Irish tower. It was built sometime in the fifteenth century by the FitzGeralds of Burnchurch in County Kilkenny. It is known for being one of several Irish towers with the slightly narrower sides of the castle extending up an additional floor, creating in essense […]

Maynooth Castle

Maynooth Castle

Historically, the centre of Leixlip has always been Leixlip Castle. Built on a rock at the confluence of the River Liffey and the Rye Water was granted to the de Hereford family and dates from the Norman Invasion of 1171 with the round tower added onto the square keep in the 14th Century. The castle […]

Kilteel Tower House

Kilteel Castle

The village of Kilteel lies six miles north of Naas at the foot of the Wicklow mountains. It is here that we find Kilteel Castle. It was built in the early thirteenth century by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem. The site upon which the castle was built was once […]

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. Co Kildare

Barberstown Castle

Barberstown Castle built in the 13th Century is an integral part of the local area. Its history is as fascinating as its architecture and is worth a visit on these attractions alone. Nestled on 20 acres of surrounding gardens, Barberstown was one of the first great Irish country houses to display its splendor to the […]

Ross Castle

Ross Castle

Our southbound intinerary now takes us to Killarney and Ross Castle is our first stopping point, one or two miles outside the town although it doesn’t look it. The building itself dates from the fifteenth century and is now under the care of the Irish state. It is remarkably well preserved, considering that it was […]

Minard Castle

Minard Castle

Minard Castle is situated on a piece of land stretching out into the sea in the parish of Minard, near Lispole. A considerable portion of the castle remains. Walter Hussey, a Norman who settled in Dingle, had a garrison there in 1641. Colonels Lehunt and Sadler beseiged the castle. The castle defenders, being short of […]

Listowel Castle

Listowel Castle

Listowel Castle was built in the 15th century and was the last fortress of the Geraldines to be subdued. It fell after 28 days siege to Sir Charles Wilmot on the 5th November, 1600, who had the castle’s garrison executed in the following days. Today, the remnants of the castle include two of its four […]

Portumna Castle

Portumna Castle

The great semi-fortified house at Portumna was built before 1618 by Richard Burke or de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. It was the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years, until it was gutted by fire in 1826. The ground floor of the house is now open to the public. To […]