Kinnitty, Offaly, Ireland

Kinnitty Castle

Kinnitty Castle

Kinnitty Castle or Castle Bernard is a 19th-century gothic revival castle. The first castle at Kinnitty was destroyed in 1209 and was rebuilt by the Normans in 1213. During that period an Augustinian abbey was established near the castle, of which the famous High Cross and Abbey Wall still remain. Later the Normans were replaced by the O'Carrolls of Ely and in 1630 William O'Carroll built a new castle. Several historic features of the original castle remain accessible to visitors. Although burned by the Irish Republican Army in 1922, the house was restored in 1928. It is now an exclusive hotel.


The castle is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a monk who frequents the banqueting room.

Kinnitty Castle Hotel,


Co. Offaly,



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For further information, please read Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Kinnitty (Irish: Cionn Eitigh) is a village in County Offaly, Ireland.

It is located 8 miles east of Birr on the R440 and R421 regional roads.

Pictured is Kinnitty Castle courtesy of Sarah777. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.