Kilcash Castle

Kilcash Castle is a ruined castle off the N24 road just west of Ballydine in County Tipperary, Ireland. It is in the care of the Irish State. The Butler dynasty has important links to the area.

Ruin of a 16th-century tower-house

Kilcash Castle

Kilcash Castle ruin
Location 5 miles (8 km) east of Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland


Built 16th century

Location of Kilcash Castle in Ireland

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Castle tower

The main castle building is a fortified tower[1] dating from the sixteenth-century.[2] An adjoining hall was added at a later date, when the need for defence gave way to the large windows associated with settled times.[3] In the sixteenth century the manor of Kilcash passed from the Wall family into the possession of the Butlers of Ormond. The latter sold the castle to the Irish State in 1997 for £500.[4]

In 1614, Walter, 11th Earl of Ormond, who lived at Kilcash, inherited the Ormond title from his uncle Thomas, 10th Earl of Ormond. The possession of the Ormond lands was disputed and Walter spent 1619-1625 in prison in London while James VI and I pressurised him to surrender most of his property. Walter passed the manor of Kilcash on to one of his grandsons, ColonelRichard Butler of Kilcash (d. 1701).

The 3rd Earl of Castlehaven, a noted Confederate Catholic commander in the 1641-52 wars, frequently stayed at Kilcash where his sister, Lady Frances, was married to Richard of Kilcash, another confederate commander. Lord Castlehaven wrote his memoirs there (published as The Earl of Castlehaven’s Review).

In the 19th century, the castle fell into ruin after parts of the Kilcash Estate were sold c. 1800. During the Irish Civil War, the castle was occupied by Anti-Treaty forces in an attempt to slow the approach of Pro-Treaty forces towards Clonmel. They were finally dislodged by artillery fire under the command of Commandant-GeneralJohn T. Prout, further damaging the already dilapidated structure.[5]

By the late twentieth century, the castle was in a dangerous state of repair. Beginning in 2011, the castle underwent extensive repairs to prevent it from collapsing.[6]

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