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John Flood, Kilcash and the Butlers of Ormond: Conflict and Kinship from the Middle Ages to the Great Famine (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2020)

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The Author

John Flood is an assistant professor of English literature at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. He has written Representations of Eve in Antiquity and the English Middle Ages (Routledge, 2011) and made available the writings of one of the most prolific Irish writers of early modern English in The Works of Walter Quin: An Irishman at the Stuart Courts (Four Courts Press, 2014). Flood has edited (with Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin) Heresy and Orthodoxy in Early English Literature, 1350-1680 (Four Courts Press, 2010) and (with James Ginther and Joseph Goering) Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2013). He is a member of the Royal Historical Society.

Places to Visit

Borris House, Borris, Co. Carlow (home of the Kavanaghs of Borris who intermarried with the Butlers of Kilcash)

The Butler Trail, Co. Tipperary

Cahir Castle, Co. Tipperary (fortress of the Butlers of Cahir)

Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow (home of the Esmondes who intermarried with the Butlers of Kilcash)

Kilkenny Castle (seat of the Butlers of Ormond – portraits of several Kilcash Butlers are on display in the Long Gallery)

Ormond Castle, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary (Elizabethan manor built by ‘Black Tom’, the 10th earl of Ormond)

Portumna Castle and Gardens, Co. Galway (home of the Bourkes of Clanricard, Lady Iveagh’s family)

Ormonde Castle, Carrick-on-Suir
Ormonde Castle, Carrick-on-Suir

Internet Resources

Lady Burghclere, The Life of James First Duke of Ormonde, 1610–1688 (1912)

William P. Burke, A History of Clonmel (1907)

The Butler Society

William Carrigan, The History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory (4 vols, 1905)

Thomas Carte, The Life of James, Duke of Ormonde (1735, 1851)

Edmund Curtis ed., Calendar of Ormond Deeds (6 vols., 1932-43) at the Irish Manuscripts Commission (includes the Schools’ Folklore Collection for Kilcash and nearby schools)

Historic Environment Viewer (map of Irish archaeological and architectural sites) (official placenames database for Ireland)

John O’Daly, The Poets and Poetry of Munster (1850)

‘Ormonde Family Papers’ and ‘Ormonde Papers (Additional)’: National Library of Ireland, Manuscript Collection Lists

Robert C. Simington, ed., The Civil Survey, AD 1654-56 (10 vols.) at the Irish Manuscripts Commission

Tipperary Historical Journal (articles freely available online from out-of-print back issues)

James Touchet, The Earl of Castlehaven’s Review, or his Memoirs of his Engagement and Carriage in the Irish Wars (1680, 1684; part of this was written at Kilcash)

Old Kilcash
Old Kilcash

Further Reading

Toby Barnard and Jane Fenlon eds., The Dukes of Ormonde, 1610-1945 (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2000)

David J. Butler, South Tipperary, 1570-1841: Religion, Land and Rivalry (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006)

Seán Ua Cearnaigh, Cill Chais (Baile Átha Cliath: An Gúm, 2006). An adventure story in Irish for younger readers.

David Edwards, The Ormond Lordship in County Kilkenny (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003)

Hubert Gallwey, The Wall Family in Ireland 1170-1970: 800-year History of a Distinguished Norman Family (Ballincollig: Curragh Publications, 2009)

James Maher, Romantic Slievenamon in History, Folklore and Song: A Tipperary Anthology (Mullinahone, n.p., 1954)

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Selected Poems (London: Faber & Faber, 2008)

Tómas Ó Carragáin, Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)

Dáithí Ó hÓgáin ed., Duanaire Thiobraid Árann: Cnuasach d’fhilíocht na ndaoine ó oirdheisceart an chontae (Baile Átha Cliath: Clóchomhar, 1981)

Tadhg O’Keeffe, Medieval Irish Buildings, 1100-1600 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015)

Eoghan Ó Néill, The Golden Vale of Ivowen: Between Slievenamon and Suir (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2001)

Patrick Power, Waterford and Lismore: A Compendious History of the United Dioceses (Cork: Cork University Press, 1937)

Thomas P. Power, Land, Politics and Society in Eighteenth-Century Tipperary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)

Grave slab from nearby Temple-etney, decorated with the passion symbols found at Kilcash
Eighteenth-century grave slab from nearby Temple-etney, decorated with the passion symbols also found at Old Kilcash

The original material on this site can be reproduced for non-commercial purposes once its source is duly acknowledged. © John Flood, University of Groningen, 2019.

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