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 Castles of Ireland - Burnchurch Castle






Location
near Burnchurch, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Description
Burnchurch Castle is situated about 4 miles south west of Kilkenny and 6km from Ballybur, off the Clonmel Road.

Burnchurch is a six storey tower house. The castle was originally attached to a walled courtyard, most of which has now disappeared, apart from a 40 foot high tower at one corner.

The castle has an unusual complexity of passages and chambers inside the walls, including a hidden room in the wall of the fourth floor.. There used to be great hall attached to an outside wall of the tower which has now gone. There is a vault under the castle above which is the main chamber. Access to the upper three floors is via an outside staircase. Other notable features include mullioned windows, a fine carved fireplace and a round chimney which may have been a later addition.

Facilities
The castle is accessible to the public and can be explored.

History
The castle was built in the 15th century as a Norman tower house with a round gate tower, by the Burnchurch family (a branch of the Fitzgeralds). The castle was occupied until 1817. In 1993, Burnchurch Castle and Tower became a National Monument.


Other Castles in the Area
  Annaghs Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballinard Castle, County Tipperary
  Ballybur Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballymoon Castle, County Carlow
  Ballyragget Castle, County Kilkenny
  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
Burnchurch, Kilkenny

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Tinnahinch Castle
Burnchurch castle is 6 stories high.

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Tinnahinch Castle
Burnchurch Castle has a circular turret situated beside the main castle.

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 Burnchurch Castle map