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Grannagh Castle
 

County

Kilkenny

Coordinates

N 52° 16' 52.2"   W 007° 09' 37.4"

Nearest town

Waterford

Grid Ref.

S 57356 14665

Map No.

75

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

20

Date of visit

Monday 17 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The castle is on the left bank of the river Suir.


This beautiful castle stands on the left bank of the River Suir which marks the border between the counties of Kilkenny and Waterford.
It was built in the 13th century by the Le Poers (the same as the Dunhill castle), but in 1375 it was passed to the Earls of Ormond who restored the castle to what we see today.
The tall and rectangular tower dates from the 15th century and reflects the fashion of that period in the area for imposing and massive tower houses. On the south-southeast (160°) side of the tower, overlooking the courtyard and the river, is a nice oriel window, a type of bay window, probably added in late 16th or early 17th century.
To the west of the tower is a two-storey hall with nice windows. The courtyard of the castle is protected by a bawn wall and three turrets.
There are an archway to the courtyard and a doorway to the tower house both on the east (70°) side.
Apparently the access to this castle is forbidden, but we were granted the permission by a man who was mowing the lawn and who told us that he knew the owner well.


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