The small town of Ballyragget is pleasantly situated on the river Nore and is well laid out with a fine square and fair green. The tower of a 15th century Butler castle survives in good condition. Near the river Nore at Ballyragget is a fine Norman Motte with a deep fosse. It is considered to be one of the first mote and bailey castles erected in Ireland by the Anglo-Normans. 5km away is Foulksrath Castle, a mainly 16th century building which is now a Youth Hostel. Near Foulksrath is Swifts Health, the 18th century house where Jonathan Swift, Dean of Saint Patrick's Cathedral Dublin and author of Gullivers Travels stayed with his uncle when he attended Kilkenny College. The historic Donoughmore Cemetery is located close to the village.


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