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Kilteel is the highest village in County Kildare a title not particularly difficult to achieve in the flatlands of Kildare.
It was built in the early thirteenth century by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Knights Hospitallers of St.
John of Jerusalem.
The site upon which the castle was built was once a monastic settlement.
The lease of the property was given to Thomas Alen and his wife who sold it onto to Col.
Richard Talbot, Earl of Tyreconnell became the owner of Kilteel in 1669.
He then subsequently sold the castle to Sir William Fownes of Kilkenny.
It remained in his family until 1838 when it was sold to the Kennedys of Johnstown-Kennedy.
Today the castle is a designated National Monument.
It consists of a tower house dated to the fifteenth century, another projecting tower house with a spiral stairs and two further rooms at the gate-way.