Features of Tipperary

Ormonde Castle

Ormonde Castle
belonged to the Butlers, Earls and later Dukes of Ormode, and is situated in the town of Carrick-on-Suir. The present day manor house was built in the 1560s by Thomas, 10th Earl of Ormonde, although the oldest part of the structure are two 15th century towers that were carefully integrated into the design. It is the best example of an Elizabethan manor in Ireland, a type that is common in England but unique in Ireland. Ormonde Castle has been managed by the State since 1947.

Rock of Cashel

The iconic Rock of Cashel is one of the most visited of Ireland’s built heritage sites. Also known as St. Patrick’s Rock (Carraig Phádraig) or Cashel of the King, it is supposedly the site where St. Patrick and Aenghus the King of Munster spoke in the 5th century. The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster prior to the Norman invasion, although there is little evidence of the early structure and most of the buildings standing today date to the 12th and 13th centuries.

Please see the section Tipperary’s Historical Postcards for further information on the characters, places and buildings that have shaped the county.

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