Castle Otway Ruins, Co. Tipperary
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Castle Otway, standing on a hill on the outskirts of the village, dominated the countryside for miles around. It consists of a medieval tower house (rebuilt in the 19th century) and a manor house to the front. The Castle is said to have been built on the site of an early monastery. The square keep was originally an O'Fogarty stronghold known as Clonoghan Castle, extended (presumably) by the Butlers of Ormond. The Manor House was probably added later in the early 18th century and displays both Queen Anne and Georgian architectural styles. The property was acquired in 1665 by John Otway (died 1694), a Cromwellian soldier who had fought at the Battle of Baggotrath, who changed the name of the castle. His descendants remained in residence until the early 20th century and included several notable Royal Navy officers. The castle was burnt in 1922 during the troubles.

The castle was long the home of the Otway Harp, an ornate late 16th century instrument on display in the National Museum.

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