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 Castles of Ireland - Burncourt Castle






Location
near Burncourt, County Tipperary, Ireland

Description
Burncourt Castle is situated near Burncourt off the M8 five miles south west of Cahir.

The castle comprises a rectangular central block with a four storey square tower at each corner. The interior was lit by mullioned windows. Several fireplaces can be seen in the interior walls, and there were originally seven chimneys. Parts of the walled courtyard can still be seen including a corner turret. A stone in the entrance to the nearby farmyard is inscribed with the date 1641 - this stone is believed to have been once positioned over the castle doorway.

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History
Burncourt Castle was built in 1641 by Sir Richard Everard. Sir Richard joined the Catholic Confederates at Kilkenny in 1642, and became a member of the Supreme Council. The castle was destroyed by fire in 1650. Some reports say it was burned down by Oliver Cromwell's troops, others say the Everard family burned it themselves to prevent Oliver Cromwell's troops capturing the castle. Either way, the castle was destroyed. Sir Richard Everard was involved in defending the city of Limerick against Cromwell’s troops, but was captured and hung by Oliver Cromwell’s son-in-law, General Ireton in 1651. Prior to the fire, it was known as Clogheen Castle or Everard's Castle. After the fire it was abandoned and has remained a ruin.

A two storey house was built adjacent to the castle in the early 18th century by painter Anthony Chearnly. A formal garden was established in front of the castle courtyard. This house is now in ruins.


Other Castles in the Area
  Ardfinnan Castle, County Tipperary
  Ardmayle Castle, County Tipperary
  Ballindoney Castle, County Tipperary
  Ballyhooly Castle, County Cork
  Cahir Castle, County Tipperary
  Castle Lyons, County Cork
  Conna Castle, County Cork
  Court Castle, County Tipperary
  Dunmahon Castle, County Cork
  Lisfinny Castle, County Waterford
  Lismore Castle, County Waterford
  Loughlohery Castle, County Tipperary
  Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary
  Sleady Castle, County Waterford
  Tourin Castle, County Waterford







Tourin Castle
Burncourt Castle, Tipperary

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

Tourin Castle
Burncourt Castle at sunset, Tipperary

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


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