Round Towers 900 – 1100 ad

Round Towers 900 – 1100 ad

Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & the oldest intact stone window in Western Europe

Castledermot, co.Kildare packs a punch for historical buildings. This small town takes it's name from 'Diseart Diarmad' meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. It must have been a very important ecclesiastical centre as there are many fine ruins [...]

Historic cross on historic site of St Brigid – Ireland’s first Spice Girl

St Bridget's High Cross is located in Kildare Town. co.Kildare. It dates somewhere between the 9th to the 12th century and stands 9 feet tall in the grounds of St Bridget's Cathedral. The cross is [...]

A strange mix of buildings on a former monastery dedicated to St Tua

Taghadoe Round Tower, Taghadoe. co.Kildare c.10th Century. This place derives its name from 'Teach Tua', meaning 'House of Tua'. St Tua, also known as Ultan the Silent, was the Abbot of Clonmacnoise who founded the [...]

A round tower attached to a church & home of Diarmuid McMorrow

The Round Tower of St Mary's Abbey is located in Ferns. co. Wexford. It dates from the c.12th and stands 60 feet high. The first church at this location was founded in the 7th century [...]

St Columba, Brian Boru and a crumbling round tower

This c.10th round tower and c.14th belfrey are located in the town of Swords in north co.Dublin. The tower stands 26 m high and is instantly recognizable from it's crumbling windows and collapsed cap. It [...]

A round tower built for love – good imitation ?

Portrane Round Tower is located in Portrane in north co.Dublin. Many of the Round Towers in the Fingal region date back to the Viking era with the likes of Lusk and St Columba’s tower in [...]

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, extreme monasticism but don’t mention Star Wars!

The Rock of Cashel is one of the most striking monuments in Ireland and has some of the finest collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. The site includes St Cormac's beautiful Romanesque [...]

One of Ireland’s most important ecclesiastical centres

The monastery of Clonmacnoise was founded by St Ciarán in 546 a.d. and is one of Ireland's most important ecclesiastical centres. St Ciaran was a young preacher from Roscommon who in 545 a.d convinced the local [...]

The second longest church in Ireland & the oldest structure in Kilkenny

This historic site contains two very remarkable buildings. The first National Monuments is St Canice's Cathedral, built between 1202 and 1285 and is the second longest cathedral in Ireland (after St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin) [...]

A 10th century round tower with beautiful views

Meelick Round Tower is located in Swinford, co. Mayo. It was built between 923 and 1013 a.d on a monastic site attributed to St. Broccaidh and the area was once the principal abbey in the [...]

A short round tower on holy ground, St Patrick and The Pope

Turlough Round Tower stands on a hillside overlooking the gardens for the National Museum of Country Life. This national monument dates to the c.9th century and is odd looking as it has a lower and [...]

The Round Tower, Monasterboice. co.Louth – c.10th a.d (Mainistir Bhuithe-‘The Monastery of Buithe’)

This national monument is Monasterboice Round Tower. The name is derived from St Bhuithe who founded Monasterboice in the early 500's. The 92ft tower is missing it's conical roof and pokes up above the surrounding [...]

Clondalkin Round Tower, Clondalkin Village. co.Dublin – c.9th century a.d

This beautiful round tower is built on the site of a monastery founded by St Mochua in the 7th century. It is one of only four remaining in County Dublin, the others are located in [...]

Over 1000 years of architecture in one building, Medieval tombs & An interesting heritage centre

St Macculin's Church is located in the village of Lusk in north county Dublin. This national monument is an interesting building comprising of a 9th century round tower, a 15th century defensive tower and a [...]

Ireland’s most iconic building, 2 lakes & a village idiot

The Glendalough Round Tower is one of Ireland's most iconic buildings and stands at 100 feet high. Round towers were mainly built between the 9th and 12th centuries and only 3 exist beyond our borders [...]

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