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Buildings of Ireland

06 January 2010

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...

03 October 2012

9th C. Round Tower, Swords, Co. Dublin

All that remains of a 14th century church is the square belfry. The site of the old church being rebuilt upon by the Church of Ireland in 1811. Closeby is a 9th century...

27 September 2011

9th Century Round Tower at Turlough, Co. Mayo

A well preserved round tower, now a National Monument. Not as tall as other examples, it has a round headed doorway, and flat and gable headed windows. The church alongside is 18th century...

01 July 2013

10th C. – Antrim Round Tower, Co. Antrim

Described as one of the most perfect of the round towers of Ireland, 93 feet high and 50 feet in circumference at the base. The 28metre tall tower was built around the 10th...

08 January 2010

10th C. – Grangefertagh Round Tower, Co. Kilkenny

The monastery at Grangefertagh (or just Fertagh), Co Kilkenny was probably founded by St Ciaran of Seir in the 6th century. The site was raided by Vikings in 861 and in 1156 the...

15 June 2010

10th C. – Round Tower, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

A very good example of a Round Tower with a height of 110 feet in height and with the door about 10 feet above the ground. The conical roof was rebuilt in the...

06 January 2010

10th C. – West Cross, Monasterboice, Co. Louth

The so-called west cross stands near the base of the round tower. Not as celebrated as the south cross, it is around 7 metres high but some of its panels are illegible and...

12 November 2009

1100 – St. Farannan’s Church – Donaghmore, Co. Tipperary

Medieval church consisting of a nave and chancel with a finely detailed doorway and chancel archway. The doorway has good Romanesque detail as does the chancel arch capitals. The gables were probably restored...

20 February 2014

1134 – Cormac’s Chapel, Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Cormac’s Chapel, consecrated in 1134, is the most important building on the Rock of Cashel, from an architectural point of view. Begun in 1127, it is a very sophisticated structure for a Irish...