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 Castles of Ireland - Mountgarret Castle






Location
near Mount Garrett Bridge, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Description
Mountgarret Castle is situated near the roadside on a hill overlooking New Ross

The castle is a ruined square tower, partly overgrown with vegetation. It was originally one of a number of Norman fortresses guarding the river Barrow. The remains are about three storeys high. One wall of the 600 year old keep collapsed in 2010.

Facilities
It was the home of Patrick Barrett, Lord Chancellor of Ireland and the Bishop of Ferns, who rebuilt and reconstructed the castle in the early part of the fifteenth century.

History
Mountgarret Castle is believed to have been built around 1400 for Patrick Barrett, the Bishop of Ferns and the Lord Chancellor of Ireland. It was given by Henry VIII to Sir Richard Butler, who was given the title Viscount Mountgarrett in 1550 for his work as constable of Ferns Castle. Mountgarret Castle was given to William Ivory in the Cromwellian Redistribution after the Civil Wars. In 1666, the castle was granted back to Edmund, Viscount Mountgarrett and remained with the Mountgarretts until the 12th Viscount died without heir in 1793.


Other Castles in the Area
  Annaghs Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballinlaw Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballybur Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballyteige Castle, County Wexford
  Burnchurch Castle, County Kilkenny
  Coolhull Castle, County Wexford
  Dysart Castle, County Kilkenny
  Enniscorthy Castle, County Wexford
  Fethard Castle, County Wexford
  Gorteens Castle, County Kilkenny
  Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny
  Kilmurry Castle, County Kilkenny
  Loftus Hall, County Wexford
  Tinnahinch Castle, County Carlow
  Tower of Taghmon Castle, County Wexford







Tower of Taghmon Castle
Mountgarret Castle overlooking New Ross

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