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 Castles of Ireland - Ballybur Castle






Location
near Grange, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Description
Ballybur Castle is a five storey 16th century tower house situated about 5 miles south of the city of Kilkenny.

The castle is a five storey keep measuring 38 feet by 30 feet at the base and stands 65 feet tall. The windows are narrow, but the deeply angled window sills make the rooms brighter than you might expect. Compared with other similar square tower houses, Ballybur has larger rooms and wider stairs than most. Ballybur Castle has been restored and is now a luxury self-catering holiday home.

Facilities
Ballybur Castle can be rented for self-catering holidays throughout the year, and can be rented for long weekends or a whole week, with longer lettings also possible. Visitors have exclusive to the castle which comfortably sleeps eight people and can cater for up to twelve. Full catering and cleaning can also be provided. Ballybur Castle caters for a variety of events, and is an ideal location for special occasions, such as a wedding, honeymoon, corporate function or gala dinners.

History
Ballybur Castle was built by Richard Comerford around 1588. It was a typical fortified house built to protect against rival factions. The Comerfords occupation of the castle came to an end in 1654 when John Comerford was forced out. He subsequently forfeited the castle and land to Brian Manseragh during the Cromwellian land distribution survey. Brian Manseragh is an ancestor of Martin Manseragh, the senator from Tipperary. Frank and Aifric Gray bought Ballybur in 1970, by which time it had fallen into disrepair with the roof missing. They received assistance for the renovations from the Kilkenny County Council, the Heritage Council and from the Barrow Suir Development. The castle is now completely refurbished.


Other Castles in the Area
  Annaghs Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballinard Castle, County Tipperary
  Ballymoon Castle, County Carlow
  Ballyragget Castle, County Kilkenny
  Burnchurch Castle, County Kilkenny
  Carlow Castle, County Carlow
  Clara Castle, County Kilkenny
  Clomantagh Castle, County Kilkenny
  Court Castle, County Tipperary
  Dysart Castle, County Kilkenny
  Foulksrath Castle, County Kilkenny
  Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny
  Leighlinbridge Castle, County Carlow
  Milltown St John Castle, County Tipperary
  Mountgarret Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ormonde Castle, County Tipperary
  Tinnahinch Castle, County Carlow







Tinnahinch Castle
Ballybur, Kilkenny

Photograph by Mike Searle. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Tinnahinch Castle
Ballybur Castle. This is an imposing building, well preserved and open to the public.

Photograph by Liam Murphy. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Ballybur Castle map