Kilkenny Courthouse

Kilkenny Courthouse, also known as Grace's Castle, is a judicial facility in Parliament Street, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland.

Kilkenny Courthouse
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Kilkenny Courthouse
Kilkenny Courthouse is located in Ireland
Kilkenny Courthouse
Kilkenny Courthouse
Location within Ireland
General information
Architectural styleNeoclassical style
AddressKilkenny, County Kilkenny
Coordinates52°39′15″N 7°15′14″W / 52.6542°N 7.254°W / 52.6542; -7.254Coordinates: 52°39′15″N 7°15′14″W / 52.6542°N 7.254°W / 52.6542; -7.254
Design and construction
ArchitectSir Jerome Fitzpatrick


The site was previously occupied by Grace's Castle, a structure dating back to the 13th century.[1] It was used as a prison from 1566 and some of features of these aspects of the earlier building still survive at basement level.[2] The current building, which was designed by Sir Jerome Fitzpatrick in the Neoclassical style, was completed in 1792.[1] It was originally designed as a judicial facility, but following the implementation of the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1993, it also became the meeting place of Kilkenny County Council.[3] By the second half of the 20th century the county council had moved to new offices at John's Green House.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Kilkenny City Courthouse, Gardens, County Kilkenny". Buildings of Ireland. National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Kilkenny: A Strategic Tourism Development and Implementation Plan for the City" (PDF). Museum Insider. 1 August 2012. p. 51. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  3. ^ "About Us". Kilkenny County Council. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Retrieved 26 October 2019.