Buttevant Castle, locally also known as Barry Castle, lies on the edge of the old medieval town of Buttevant, in County Cork in Ireland.
Buttecant Castle was built around 1200 by the Norman Barry family. It was built at the edge of the town, on a hill above the swift-flowing Awbeg river, overlooking the town's mill and weir. In 1317 the town was enclosed with a strong wall and the castle became part of the town's defenses.
In 1461, a Morrogh O'Brien over-ran the province of Munster, and damaged or took the town and castle of Buttevant. In 1555 Lord Barry was created Viscount Buttevant.
In 1790, Buttevant Castle and town were sold by Richard Barry, Earl of Barrymore, to a John Anderson of Fermoy. He restored the castle as a castellated house and gave it to his eldest son Sir James Anderson. Sir James lived there until the mid 1840s. In 1850, the castle was occupied by a William Roche. The castle had various occupants in the later 19th century and was last occupied in the early 20th century.
At present Buttevant Castle stands on private grounds and can not be visited, too bad, because it's a very nice castle ruin. If you are here, you can also take a look at nearby Lombard's Castle.