The Butler Trail

In almost every nook and cranny of Tipperary you fill find a connection to the Butlers of Ormond.

The Butler Trail


The Butler Trail is fantastic trail to enjoy that takes you around Cahir, Carrick on Suir and Clonmel revealing the influence and impact the Butler family dynasty had on the physical, social and economic fabric of these Tipperary towns and communities, and the legacy they left behind.

For over five turbulent centuries the Butlers were the most powerful aristocratic family in Tipperary and they left an indelible mark. They raised armies and went into battle with rival families, sometimes fighting with and other times against the English Crown.

They built numerous fine castles and houses, both for defensive purposes and as ostentatious displays of their wealth. They sponsored the establishment and embellishment of abbeys and churches which still stand to this day. You can hear their remarkable stories by downloading our App and audio guide and visit the places associated with them by travelling along The Butler Trail.

The route links the towns of Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel and Cahir and there is interpretive signage to guide and inform you along the route in each town. The trail that is part of Ireland’s Ancient East – a network of stories in the landscape stretching back over 5,000 years.

So why not download the App and Audio Guide and visit outstanding Tudor buildings, castles, enjoy riverside walks and explore the Tipperary towns full of history and heritage.

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Follow the Butler Trail in Carrick on Suir, Cahir and Clonmel In Tipperary, the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East
The Butlers in Carrick on Suir

This beautiful and historic town is where the Butler Family grew to power. The Butlers first settled here in the 13th century. Thomas 'Black Tom' Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond (1532-1614) was the most colourful and influential family member who lived here.
Black Tom built a fine manor house as part of Ormond Castle in the 1560s in expectation of a visit from his cousin Elizabeth 1, daughter of Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn. Unfortunately Elizabeth never visited at all. Find out more about their-much- talked-about relationship on a tour of Ormond Castle, Ireland's only surviving unfortified Tudor Manor House which contains beautiful details including decorative plasterwork portraits of Elizabeth I.

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The Butlers in Cahir

Cahir, a romantic and charming small town, grew up around Cahir Castle which was originally a fort built on a rock in the River Suir. The town became a stronghold of the Butler family. The Manor of Cahir was granted to James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond in 1375, and afterwards to his son, James Gallda, ancestor of the Cahir Butlers.
Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles. It was famously besieged by the Earl of Essex in 1599. A cannonball can still be seen in one of the walls. It remained under the ownership of the Butlers until 1961. A visit is a must.
Under Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall (1775-1819), and his wife, Cahir became a fashionable place for gentry. In the early 1800s he built the delightful Swiss Cottage, a cottage orné designed by John Nash and the finest eco building of its time. Cahir House, now a hotel, was the town house of the Butlers from the 1770s.


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The Butlers in Clonmel


Nestled in the valley of the River Suir, Clonmel is a thriving and bustling town. Once the
administrative centre of the Butlers, Clonmel today is the county town of South Tipperary. James Butler, the 12th Earl and 1st Duke of Ormond (1610-88), was a grandnephew of Black Tom. James was arguably the Butlers’ most important family member, being the most influential Butler in Ireland’s history.
James built the Main Guard in Clonmel in 1675 and King James II visited in 1689. Visit the Main Guard to learn more about James’ influence on Clonmel, his role in the English Court and his lasting legacy in Ireland.
Clonmel is steeped in a hidden history which is waiting to be explored, including the site of the famous Cromwellian siege, its town walls and the county museum.


Download The Butler Trail App & Audio Guide
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