Piltown, historically known as Ballypoyle (Irish: Baile an Phoill), is a small village
in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It lies on the R698 regional road, which was the N24
national primary road before the locality was bypassed in 2002.
Approaching Piltown from Carrick-on-Suir in the west is the landmark of "the Tower"
( Sham Castle ) which forms a roundabout in the road. This monument, dedicated to
the son of a local landowner, dates back to the Napoleonic era. Today its upper section
serves as a water tower.
Video of Piltown, County Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland
Piltown is a Local Electoral Area of County Kilkenny and includes the electoral divisions
of Aglish, Ballincrea, Brownsford, Castlegannon, Dunkitt,Dysartmoon, Farnoge, Fiddown,
Jerpoint West, Kilbeacon, Kilbride, Kilcolumb, Kilculliheen, Kilkeasy, Killahy, Kilmakevoge,
Listerlin, Muckalee, Pilltown, Pollrone, Portnascully, Rathpatrick, Rosbercon Rural,
Rossinan, Shanbogh, Templeorum, The Rower, Tubbrid, Ullid and Whitechurch.
Piltown also has a unique place in English history as it was the only place on the
island of Ireland to see a battle in the Wars of the Roses. In the Battle of Piltown
(1462) Thomas FitzGerald, 7th Earl of Desmond, on the side of the House of York,
defeated the Butlers of Kilkenny, fighting for the House of Lancaster, resulting
in more than 400 casualties for the Butlers. Local folklore claims that the battle
was so violent that the local river ran red with blood, hence the names Pill River
and Piltown (Baile an Phuill - Town of the blood).
Piltown is also home to Ireland's largest Horticultural and Agricultural College,
Kildalton College. It also hosts Ireland's longest running fair, called The Iverk
Show, on the first Thursday of every September. The Iverk Agricultural Show, started
in 1826, was founded by a member of the Bessborough family. The family resided at
Bessborough House, which is now Kildalton Agricultural College.
Piltown GAA club was initially formed as far back as 1887 and then reformed in 1953.
The Club played in two Senior County Finals in 1904 and 1910. The original grounds
were purchased from the Land Commission in 1947.
Piltown GAA club enjoyed one of its most successful years in 2003, winning the Southern
Junior Hurling League (beating Tullogher Rosbercon), Southern Junior Hurling Championship
(beating Tullogher Rosbercon), County Junior Hurling Championship (beating St. Patrick's
Ballyragget after a replay), Leinster Junior Hurling Championship (beating St. Vincents
of Dublin after extra-time) and were crowned AIB Kilkenny Club of the Year.