Knockelly Castle was built about 1465 by Edmond Butler, 8th Baron Dunboyne.
purchased think around 1752
by the Barton family.
Barton purchased Grove, Fethard par, Co.Tipperary, in 1752, and think Knockelly around the same time.
Barton let Knockelly Castle to James Kickham. He was the first Kickham there. He was living there around 1798.
"The Kickhams never became large-scale territorial landlords, though in time some of them acquired the tenancy of gentlemen's holdings such as Knockelly Castle" [Comerford, 1979].
James Kickham (possibly a younger James) is listed as of Knockelly Castle at his death in 1823.
Knockelly Castle was occupied by Thomas Kickham as at 1833-1839.
It was inherited by Kickham descendants the Heffernans.
Occupied by Edmond Heffernan as at 1889-1901.
Inherited by his nephew John Heffernan 1903.
John Heffernan died 1960.
Knockelly Castle was inherited by Christy Heffernan.
There survives a ruined late-Elizabethan or early-Jacobean towerhouse, surrounded by a well-preserved bawn (walled enclosure).
James Kickham is listed as of Knockelly Castle at his death in 1823.
Knockelly Castle on 1829 to 1842 map.
Entries for Knockkelly townland in [Griffiths Valuation, 1850].
There are two big houses. These are apparently:
Video of fox hunt at Fethard, Co.Tipperary, Jan 2017.
Includes drone footage above Knockelly Castle. (Jump to 3:00.)
Courtesy of David Moloney.
View from the S.
See full size.
From above drone footage. Courtesy of David Moloney.
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