A later doorway in the north wall


Tower House

The early 16th century tower house at Poulakerry was a stronghold of the Butler Fitzwilliams family. The 4/5 storey tower house guarded a crossing over the River Suir, 100 metres to the south. The castle passed from William Butler to his sons Robert and Theobald Butler in the 16th century. During the Cromwellian Invasion, 1649-1653, and the Transplantation of Ireland, the castle was taken by Adjutant General Sadler. The badly damaged castle was repaired and used as a garrison before being passed to John Rathborne. The castle, now missing the battlements, was restored in 1970 and used as a private residence. The tower house can be seen from the southside of the N24 and is particularly picturesque in the spring and autumn.

Situated: Poulakerry Castle stands on the south side of the N 24, 10.4 kilometres west of Carrick-0n-Suir 1.2 kilometres east of Kilsheelan.

Discovery Map 75: S 2979 2343. Last Visit: Apr 2018.

Longitude: 7° 33' 45" W

Latitude: 52° 21' 42" N

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