Ballintotty, Tower House, Co. Tipperary.

Location – Just off the N7 by the new Nenagh bypass.  You have to leave the N7 on the opposite side of the castle and pass through a tunnel underneath the bypass to get to the site.  OS: R913 783.
Longitude: 8° 7' 45" W
Latitude: 52° 51' 20.19" N


Description and History – This four storey limestone tower house is well preserved and rather picturesque being situated next to a small river.  A building appears to have been built onto the side at some point but this is now missing.  According to the Archaeological Inventory of County Tipperary the first two floors are missing but the third is still intact and is barrel vaulted and can be accessed through spiral stairs.  I was unfortunately refused access to this castle by the owner so I did not get to see the interior but I intend to try again in the future as it is such a beautiful castle and unusually has rounded corners as opposed the more common dressed quoins.

Difficulty – Easy enough to find apart from having to exit the N7 on the opposite side.  This is on private land and permission is essential.  Unfortunately I was refused permission.  This is the only time I have ever been refused permission to a site.  I am going to go back to try again as it may have just been an inconvenient time for the owner.

Nearby Sites:
Lisbunny, standing stone.
Lisbunny, hall house.
Lisbunny, church.
Nenagh, friary. (forthcoming)
Nenagh, castle. (forthcoming)
Rathurles, rath.
Rathurles, rath and church.




These pictures are not great but I could not get close enough to the castle.

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