Foulksrath Castle:  5 Fun Facts About an Historic Irish Landmark

About 80 miles from Dublin in County Kilkenny is Foulksrath Castle, the famed tower castle of Leinster Province. 

Like every castle in our series, Foulksrath symbolizes the rich history of the Emerald Isle. Read on for fun trivia about the Castle, and simple tips on how to see the castle in person, or bring it into your home.


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How to Get There

After you arrive at Dublin Airport, the drive to Foulksrath Castle is quick and shouldn't take more than 90 minutes in typical traffic. Head to the south of Dublin, hop on the M7 heading south again and then exit onto the N77 to lead you to Foulksrath Castle in Jenkinstown.     

Things to Know About Foulksrath Castle

Foulksrath Castle, known in Irish as Caislean Ratha, is a tower house that was constructed by the Anglo-Normans in the 14th century.

Located in County Kilkenny, the castle was given to the English after the English Civil War, and by the 19th century it was owned by the Swift family, descendants of author Jonathan Swift.

Famously, Foulksrath Castle was where the first Irish version of a plane was launched. The castle served as a youth hostel until recently, and it is now up for sale.

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