Thomastown is a beautiful small town located in county Kilkenny. It was founded in the 13th century by an Anglo-Norman mercenary from Wales, Thomas FitzAnthony, and replaced the earlier Irish settlement of Grennan. The lands were granted to FitzAnthony by the great Norman knight William Earl Marshall who quickly established this settlement as a medieval walled town. This interesting 19th-century church is located at the centre of the town and within the property are the remains of a 13th-century abbey, a 14th-century effigy of a Norman Knight and a 5th-century ogham stone. It has recently been carefully restored into a private residence (so no access is permitted without permission).