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Elaine & Colin’s Kilkenny Wedding match – Kilkenny Wedding Photography


Cork and Kilkenny met towards the end of last year in a thrilling match-up between Colin O Leary (Cork) and Elaine Aylward (Kilkenny). Photography by Golden Moments Wedding Photography – Kilkenny Wedding Photography.


The supporters travelled for this Kilkenny home tie with the wedding ceremony in Elaine’s parish church in Mullinavat.


The weather was well behaved and Colin & Elaine tied the know in the presence of Very Rev. Liam Barron P.P. who was very able to inject hurling and country rivalry into the homily, to the delight of all in attendance. And the guard of honour continued the tradition with hurls held high by teammates and friends of both the bride and groom.


The bridal party and both families then made their way to the Butler House for the formal portraits and the fun continued during these, with the necessary smiles being offered at the right times.


A stroll around Kilkenny Castle with hurls and sliotars at the ready was greeted with smiles by the passers by and many stayed to watch the puck about between Elaine and Colin (no helmets though!).


Hotel Kilkenny hosted the reception for the large gathering and a dramatic entry by all the bridal party was followed by the fabulous meal, speeches and dancing.


Let’s call it a draw ūüôā



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From the Butler House website


About Butler House

Gabrielle Hickey, Manager

An integral part of the Kilkenny Castle Estate, Butler house was home to the Earls of Ormonde, who also built the castle, stables and coach houses at the rear.Sweeping staircases, magnificent plastered ceilings, marble fireplaces and a charming walled garden are all features of this notable Georgian residence.

Butler House was originally restored in the early 1970’s by Kilkenny Design, they painstakingly restored all of the original architectural features and furnished the house in a very unique and contemporary way. The influence of Kilkenny Design has always been one of the unique features of Butler House. The house has undergone a number of refurbishments since then, however the influence of the original Kilkenny Design Team is still visible throughout the house today.

The superb location of Butler House in the centre of historic Kilkenny City offers visitors the best of two worlds. Through the back door you will find Patrick Street, which leads to the commercial centre of the city. Here you will find an array of shops, bars and restaurants. Through the front door you will be surprised to find the internationally renowned Butler House Walled Garden. This charming Georgian garden was restored to its former glory in 1999 and boosts its own private entrance to the Castle yard and Kilkenny Castle. This is another unique feature of this wonderful house.

Our professional and friendly staff would be delighted to welcome you to Butler House and to Kilkenny. They are more than happy to assist in mapping out itineraries, recommending and reserving restaurants, reserving tee times, arranging local fishing trips, horse ridding, etc. The dedication and enthusiasm of our staff provide one of the hallmarks of our success.

The History of Butler House

Butler House is the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle and has always been associated with the Butler Family, Dukes & Earls of Ormonde who resided at Kilkenny Castle for 500 years.

18th Century

The house was home to Lady Eleanor Butler who lived here after the death of her husband Walter in 1783. Lady Eleanor Butler was the mother of John, the 17th Earl of Ormonde and her daughter, also Eleanor, was one of the famous “ladies of Langollen”.

19th Century

James, Earl of Ormonde resided in the house while the Castle was under reconstruction in 1831.

A soup kitchen was run from here during the cholera epidemic of 1832.

The Royal historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland held their meetings in Butler House in 1870.

20th Century

Kilkenny Design, the state design agency, restored Butler House in 1972.

The decor and furnishings reflect a certain 1970s Art Deco style, which because of the muted colours and natural fabrics used, proved sympathetic to the original features of the house. In 1989, the Kilkenny Civic Trust acquired both Butler House and the Castle Stables. The house was then opened to the public as a guesthouse and conference centre.

In 2000, The Kilkenny Civic Trust had the gardens at Butler House landscaped, in order to return them to their original splendour. The gardens have since become an attraction for the many visitors to Kilkenny.


Kilkenny Castle



Interior courtyard

The castle seen from the nearby River Nore.

Richard de Clare (also known as Strongbow) and other Norman knights came to Kilkenny in 1172, the high ground beside the River Nore was as an ideal site on which to build a wooden tower. He built a wooden castle of the type known as motte-and-bailey.

This strategic site was where the local Kings of Osraige had their chief residence before the Norman invasion.

Twenty years later, de Clare’s son-in-law,¬†William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, built the first stone castle on the site, of which three towers still remain.

The castle was owned by the seneschal of Kilkenny Sir Gilbert De Bohun who inherited the county of Kilkenny and castle from his mother in 1270, in 1300 he was outlawed by Edward I but was reinstated in 1303, he held the castle until his death in 1381. It was not granted to his heir Joan, but seized by the crown and sold to the Butler family.

Butlers of Ormond

The Castle became the seat to a very powerful family, the Butlers of Ormonde or Butler family. They were a remarkable family, resilient, politically astute and faithful to the crown and to Ireland. These loyalties determined their fortunes and career. The Butler family arrived in Ireland with the Norman invasion, and originally settled in Gowran. They changed their name from FitzWalter in 1185 to Butler. The family had become wealthy, and James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde, bought the castle in 1391 and established himself as ruler of the area. The Butler dynasty then ruled the surrounding area for centuries.

By the 18th century, the castle had become run down, reflecting the failing fortunes of the Butler family. However, some restoration was carried out by Anne Wandesford of Castlecomer, who brought wealth back into the family upon marrying John Butler, 17th Earl of Ormonde.

In the 19th century, the Butlers then attempted to restore it to its original medieval appearance, also rebuilding the north wing and extending the south curtain wall. More extensions were added in 1854.

View from the river, 1841 by William Henry Bartlett

The same view between 1890 and 1900

The Butler family remained living in the castle until 1935, when they sold its contents for £6,000, moved to London, and abandoned it for thirty years. The impact of rising taxes, death duties, economic depression and living costs had taken their toll. While the Ormondes had received £22,000 in rental income in the 1880s, investment income in the 1930s was in the region of £9,000 and by 1950 these investments yielded only £850. They disposed of the bulk of their tenanted estates in Tipperary and Kilkenny, 21,000 acres (85 km²), by 1915 for £240,000. Death duties and expenses following the death of James Butler, 3rd Marquess of Ormonde in 1919 amounted to £166,000.[3]

Auction Catalogue, 1935

In 1967,¬†Arthur Butler, 6th Marquess and 24th Earl of Ormonde, sold the abandoned and deteriorating castle to the Castle Restoration Committee for ¬£50, with the statement: “The people of Kilkenny, as well as myself and my family, feel a great pride in the Castle, and we have not liked to see this deterioration. We determined that it should not be allowed to fall into ruins. There are already too many ruins in Ireland.” He also bought the land in front of the castle from the trustees “in order that it should never be built on and the castle would be seen in all its dignity and splendour”.¬†Mick Jagger¬†and¬†Marianne Faithfull¬†turned up at the castle hand over party, with Jagger telling the newspapers “We just came to loon about.”[citation needed]

Confederate Ireland[edit]

In the 17th century, the castle came into the hands of¬†Elizabeth Preston, wife of then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, another¬†James Butler, also 12th Earl and 1st Duke of Ormonde. Butler, unlike most of his family, was a Protestant and throughout the¬†Irish Confederate Wars¬†of the 1640s was the representative of¬†Charles I¬†in Ireland. However, his castle became the capital of a Catholic rebel movement,¬†Confederate Ireland, whose parliament or “Supreme Council” met in Kilkenny Castle from 1642-48. Ormonde himself was based in¬†Dublin¬†at this time. The east wall and the northeast tower of the Castle were damaged in 1650 during the siege of Kilkenny by¬†Oliver Cromwell¬†during the¬†Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. They were later torn down. Then, in 1661, Butler remodelled the castle as a ‚Äúmodern‚Ä̬†ch√Ęteau¬†after his return from exile. A new entrance gateway in the south wall was built around this time.

Irish Civil War

During the Irish Civil War in 1922, Republicans were besieged in the Castle by Irish Free State forces. The Ormondes, together with their pet Pekinese, chose to remain in situ in their bedroom over the great gate, which was the main focus of attack. There was a machine gun outside their door. Only one man was injured but a great deal of damage was inflicted on the castle, which took many years to repair.[4]

Weather record

Ireland’s highest officially recognised air temperature, 33.3¬†¬įC (91.9¬†¬įF), was measured at Kilkenny Castle on 26 June 1887.[5]


The rest of the 20th century saw a large amount of restoration and maintenance take place, as well as the castle being opened to visitors.[6] The Butler Gallery, in the castle basement, holds rotating exhibitions put on by the Kilkenny Art Gallery Society in a venue named for Peggy and Hubert Butler.

There are ornamental gardens on the city side of the castle, and extensive land and gardens to the front. It has become one of the most visited tourist sites in Ireland. Now a property in state care. Part of the National Art Gallery is on display in the castle.

Excavations and building surveys by Ben Murtagh in the 1990s revealed traces of an earlier castle, exposed a postern gate (side entrance) and section of the castle ditch facing on to the Parade (now visible), and also partly uncovered the lost south-east side of the castle.

The entrance was through the (now missing) east wall. Various other features of the original castle have also been excavated, including original stone buttressing and a garderobe. Parts of this castle survive to the present day but the castle has changed over centuries. The south curtain wall is long gone, the elaborate entrance gate is a 17th-century addition, and in much of what can be seen from the castle park side is a 19th-century reconstruction.



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