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 […]