Merchant Houses


Produced by: Crude Media 
Presented by: Sarah McCutcheon, Executive Archaeologist, Limerick City and County Council
Duration: 16min, 30sec.


Kilmallock, County Limerick
Date: Dominican Priory 13th century; The Merchant Houses 16th–19th century.


A virtual tour of Kilmallock’s historic town defences giving an insight into their history, significance and recent works to bring them back to being centre stage in the town.

Telling the story of Merchant Houses in Kilmallock, this presentation includes an in-depth tour of the remains of a the late medieval merchant's house on Sarsfield Street, the single survivor of what may have been thirty houses of similar design lining the main street of Kilmallock. The surviving architectural features are all characteristic of Irish building in the sixteenth century. The building is of national importance due to its rarity now within Ireland.

Download this PDF to learn more about the Walled Towns of Ireland with stories, quizzes, illustrations and activities.

National Inventory of Architectural Heritage