In 1242, Matthew Fitzgerald was granted a licence for six-day fair at his ‘Manor of Karrick”. By the mid 14th century, the Butlers of Ormond had begun to focus on the trading importance of Carrick-on-Suir between Waterford and the Tipperary hinterland.
In 1315, Edward II granted the manor to Edward Butler along with the title Earl of Carrick. There were at least 2 medieval castles, one of which is still visible.
In 1565, Black Tom Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond built the Tudor Manor house hoping to entice his cousin Queen Elizabeth I to visit him: she never did.
The unfortified Tudor Manor is the best example of this type of Tudor architecture in Ireland with a stunning Long Gallery, original decorative plaster panels from 1565 and a Loft (part of the tour). The Manor has just undergone a major restoration by the OPW.