Heritage Buildings: Ormond Castle, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary

Ormond Castle in Carrick-on Suir is the only surviving example of an unfortified Tudor period mansion in Ireland.

Ormond Castle in Carrick-on Suir, Co. Tipperary is a National Monument in the ownership of the State and a rare surviving example of an unfortified Tudor period mansion. The house was built after 1565 by Thomas Butler the earl of Ormond. This was one of the first buildings in Ireland with a widespread use of windows. The house was the residence of the Butlers until 1688 and remained in the family until 1947 when it was transferred to the Irish state. Since that time it has been extensively restored and is open to the public.

The house has a U-shaped plan that incorporates a small courtyard. The house is two storeys high with an attic, seven bay facade with triple gables at the front and sides and the original A-framed oak truss roof. Distinctive features are the large number of windows with vertical bars or mullions. There are also brick chimneystacks and stone finials. The entrance is through a rounded arch and the interior still has the original stuccowork with medallions depicting Queen Elizabeth I, oak panelling and carved fireplaces, one of which is dated 1585.

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