Burnchurch Castle is a well-preserved 15th century tower-house built by the Fitzgerald family 7km from Kilkenny. The tower-house would have originally sat in the corner of a walled courtyard, the 12.5 metre tower beside the castle would have formed part of the walled defences. The tower-house was inaccessible on the day of my visit which is a pity as it has a large number of passages and narrow rooms which I would have loved to explore. Though many tower-houses would have utilised these secret passages, the six floors of Burnchurch Castle has a larger number of more complex hidden passages than most, for example the fourth floor houses a ‘secret room‘.
The castle stayed within the Fitzgerald family until Richard Fitzgerald lost their land to Colonel William Warden during the Cromwellian invasion, Richard and his family were ’transplanted’ to Connaught in 1654. Later the house passed into the hands of the Flood family through marriage, and was occupied until 1817.
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