Ormond Castle is the finest example of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland. It was built by ‘Black Tom’ Butler, the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560s. Thomas spent virtually his entire childhood at the English royal court. During this time not only did he develop a very close relationship with his cousin Princess Elizabeth he was inspired by new trends in architecture and their extravagant lifestyle. On returning to Ireland Thomas incorporated these ideas into his new, unfortified mansion. Closely integrated into the earlier 15thcentury towers it contains some of the finest decorative plasterwork in the country. . The fact that the Manor house is without significant defences, and contains large windows and many ornate features symbolises the power and wealth of the Butler family at that time. The original castle served as the principal residence for the Butler family from the early 1300s , built by Theobald Walter who came to Ireland with the original Norman Invasion & was bestowed with the honour of Chief Butler of Ireland whose duty was to personally serve the King of England on state visits. A remaining part of the Towns’ old fortified wall is located directly opposite the entrance to the Ormond Castle & adjoined to Castleview Tennis Club .In medieval times Carrick On Suir was the largest town in Tipperary with 36 acres of land enclosed by the Town wall. Recently some vital work was carried out at this section to make it structurally sound. Other sections of the wall can be seen on New Street, at the back of the Heritage Centre, the West Gate & next to Super Valu.