Kilcash Castle

Kilcash castle was the home of the cadet branch of the earls of Ormond. They eventually succeeded to the senior earldom in the 16th century. Inevitably houses/castles like Kilcash became unnecessary to the survival of the family and allowed decay.
Just to scale it. The windows in the house part are about ten foot high. And in the 1st shot you can draw the floor line through from the house to the castle giving five floors in the tower. This tower/keep/castle is 300 years younger than the last post. Inside this one you have timber floors instead of the barrel vaulting.
I suspect that the house part was quite a bit bigger. At the time of building the trend in house building was for a renaissance style, so you could probably add another window then a door without a window above it and then as much more of the house again.


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6 Responses to Kilcash Castle

  1. Kelly says:

    I could take in sights like this every day and never grow tired of them. Absolutely lovely!

  2. Kimberly says:

    And the “house” you mention is the part to the right of the tower in the top picture?
    That middle shot is really pretty with the landscape in the background and the various levels of the walls.

    • V.H says:

      Yes, and the left in the bottom one.
      I wasn’t really trying the make them pretty. I simply haven’t got angles to get good ones. These were more to show you the floor levels that you could relate to the one beside the riven in the last post so a bit more technical in a way.
      I think to get a good one I’d need to be a goodly bit away and deploy the long lens along the line away from the house side and down a bit.
      Well either that or tripod it with a wide lense and have it on top of you in the frame.
      The frames run north face and west in the 1st one. East in the 2nd and south in the last.
      The summit of Slievenamon is directly behind me in the line with the 1st shot.

  3. Kimberly says:

    It’s really shocking to me that the windows are 10 feet high!! Talk about picture windows! Why is it that Poulakerry Castle is lived in and this one is in ruins? Was the other one purchased and redone privately?
    And even if you weren’t trying, that middle picture IS a good shot. 🙂

    • V.H says:

      Yes they could even be a bit taller. They look like they were more or less the height of them rooms. Building changed dramatically in the hundred and fifty years between the tower and the house. And if anything the house was more defendable because it would collapse.
      Kilcash belonged to the Butlers until lately. The castle in Kilkenny was given to the state in lieu of death taxes in 1948/9. I’m assuming about then.

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