Neigham Castle

Tower House

Neigham Castle was built before 1487 by Sir James Butler of Polestown, Lord Deputy of Ireland and the father of Piers Butler, the 8th Earl of Ormond. James had three illegitimate children with Sabh Kavanagh before they married. The castle was occupied by one of his illegitimate sons, Edmund or Theobald of Polestown. The last known occupant, in 1661, was Thomas Butler, a son of the 1st Lord Galmoy. The castle, now in a ruinous state, can be seen from the grounds of St Mary's Church in Gowran, see image below. It is situated four kilometres south of the church. The castle is not accessible to the public.

Taken from the Southeast

Situated: From Gowran take the R 448 south, after 2.5 kilometres take a left turn. Then 1.6K take a sharp left. After 500 metres you should see the castle in the fields to your left. For a closer view take the next left.

Discovery Map 68: S 6405 5099. Last visit Aug 2018.

Longitude: 7° 3' 16" W

Latitude:  52° 36' 23" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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