The Butlers Did It


Ballyragget Castle, County Kilkenny is a late 15th century tower house originally built by a branch of the Butler family one of whom, Richard Butler became first Viscount Mountgarret in 1550; his mother, the spirited Lady Margaret FitzGerald, Countess of Ormond is said to have lived here. Butlers continued to occupy the building until 1788 when they moved into a house close by. Surrounded by a bawn wall and climbing four or five storeys high with fine crenellations and handsome cut stone windows, the castle could easily be put to good use, not least as a tourist attraction. Instead it stands on the edge of a farmyard, all doors and other points of ingress sealed by concrete breeze blocks. An admirable example of how to treat the country’s built heritage…


3 comments on “The Butlers Did It

  1. Penelope Bianchi says:

    Heartbreaking. Really heartbreaking. I love reading your blog; painful as it is!

  2. Well put – so much lost and yet so much to be saved !

  3. Finola says:

    At least it still stands…unlike others.

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