Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle is the most magnificent example still existent of a Butler residence. From the 14th to the 20th centuries, the castle was the main seat of the Earls and Dukes of Ormonde, who played a prominent part in Irish history. Other castles with strong Butler links include Cahir Castle: the Butlers came into possession of this castle in 1375 and it was taken from them in 1599.


The Butlers also had connections with Knappogue Castle in Co Clare and with Ormonde Castle in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.


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