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Iniskeen Round Tower
 

County

Monaghan

Coordinates

N 54° 00' 13.4"   W 006° 34' 42.8"

Nearest town

Iniskeen

Grid Ref.

H 93256 06979

Map No.

36

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

46

Date of visit

Friday 30 May 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The short round tower is in a well-kept graveyard with a modern church next to it. From a distance the flat rooftop of the tower is visible.


At this site St. Daig MacCarell founded a monastery in the 6th or 7th century. With this monastery a number of nuns were associated, but they were settled in convents of their own further north.
As it always happened in those days, the monastery was attacked several times. In 789 it was burned, then it was seized and robbed in 948 and it was burned again in 1166.
A half of a round tower is all that remains of the early monastery, fragments of the old church are built into the walls of the more modern church.
The round tower is about 12.35 metres tall at the roof level and has a diameter of 4.45 metres, the rectangular doorway faces east (90°) and is at 4.22 metres from the ground, with a sill at its base. The tower has a flat concrete cap.
The tower is in a well-kept churchyard with many gravestones, both old and new. Some of these grave markers are just a stump, but though the grass is well mantained, I succeded in tripping over one of them and fell on the ground backwards. I was lucky enough not to hit another gravestone with my head. The backache from this little accident stayed with me for days!


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