Situated on an island on the River Suir in County Tipperary, Cahir Castle is a striking sight as you drive into the town of Cahir.
The original castle was built in 1142 by Conor O’Brien, Prince of Thomond. During the 14th and 15th centuries, the castle was extended, remodeled and repaired by the Butler family who became owners of it in 1375.
In 1599 the castle was overthrown by the Earl of Essex’s army, with soldier Sir Charles Blount put in charge of running the castle.
During the Irish Confederate Wars, the castle was besieged a number of times and was eventually surrendered to the Cromwellian army.
In 1961 the castle passed to the Irish State and not long after declared a National Moment.
The castle is now managed by the Office of Public Works who make it possible for visitors to enter and explore the castle throughout the year.