The now-ruined Buttevant Castle must have been spectacular in its day – even the ruins evoke an almost fairytale-esque splendour.

Parts of the castle may date to the 13th century, with later additions likely dating to the 19th.

The castle belonged to the Barry family – the later Earls of Barrymore – until their line died out in the 19th century. The last Earl, Richard, sold it to John Anderson (the founder and designer of nearby Fermoy, and the developer of Ireland’s road and mail systems). He, in turn, sold it to Lord Doneraile.