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980c – Round Tower, Monasterboice, Co. Louth


The round tower of the abbey founded in the 10th century is still standing although without its cap (conical roof). Even so, it is over eighty feet tall. Burned in 1097 when it contained the monastic library and other treasures. The monastery remained in existance until around 1122.

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