Grallagh Castle

There is a sketchy history surrounding Grallagh Castle. Grallagh Castle is on a quiet country road about 2km south of the Horse & Jockey.

Grallagh Castle

There is a sketchy history surrounding Grallagh Castle.
Grallagh Castle is on a quiet country road about 2km south of the Horse & Jockey. It is a fine example of a medieval tower house dating from the late 15th or early 16th century and was associated with the Butler family. James Butler, 10th Baron of Dunboyne, willed the castle to his son Peter in 1533. Grallagh is under the care and ownership of the OPW so visitors are free to enter the site and view the castle up close. The garderobe chute, the bartizans -circular turrets on opposite corners – and the murder hole are some of the typical features of medieval tower houses which can be seen.

To find Grallagh Castle, take the M8 from Portlaoise to Cork and exit at Junction 6. On the roundabout at the top turn left and drive for about 200 yards until you reach a T- Junction with the R639 at Horse & Jockey. Turn right onto the R639 and a few yards later take a left turn. You will find Grallagh about a Half mile down this road on your right hand side.

Limited parking is available at the roadside gate.

Location: 
Thurles
Tipperary
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