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Kilkenny Castle

August 9, 2001
Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland

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Kilkenny Castle started as a typical Norman structure with a wooden tower. The motte and bailey was built in 1172 by Richard de Clare, Strongbow. The stone castle was started in 1192 by William Marshall, Strongbow's son-in-law. Three of the four towers are incorporated into the current structure.

The James Butler purchased the domain in 1391 and proceeded to build a strong power base in the area. Kilkenny was occupied by the Butlers until 1935. Major restoration and updating started in the 1826.

In 1967, was given to the city for a token 50 pounds.