Knockannaneen Castle

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of Knockannaneen Castle, near Birdhill, Co. Tipperary. The battlemented tower house, with a machicolation and several large windows, stands on elevated ground to the right. There are three small houses in the hilly landscape below the castle. The image is surrounded by a circular frame.

Birdhill was known in medieval times as Knockaneen or Cnocán-an-éin-fínn (the little hill of the white bird). The castle there, forfeited by the O’Briens after 1641, was granted to Lieutenant William Sheldon. By 1904, no trace of the castle was visible, but Berry noted oral sources suggesting that it had been located in the area of the stables behind Birdhill House.

Henry F. Berry, ‘The antiquities of the parish of Kilcomenty, near Birdhill, Co. Tipperary’, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 34, 99-110.
Archaeological survey of Ireland, at, record no. TN031-004----, accessed 28.12.2017.
The Archaeological Inventory of County Tipperary. Vol. 1 - North Tipperary, compiled by Jean Farrelly and Caimin O'Brien (Dublin: Stationery Office, 2002).

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Knockannaneen Castle - Castle
  • Birdhill - Townland
  • Tipperary - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Birds, Buildings, Castles, Hills, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 8 cm x 8 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 211
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

From Cragg Owhny to Knockannaneen a small mile. The Etimology of Knockannaneen is, the Hill of the white bird this Estate and Castle belongs to Sheldon Esqr.
[p.212] From Knockannaneene to O’briens Bridge Town is a mile and half. (p.211-212)
Knockannaneen Castle