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Drumcliffe Round Tower
 

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Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 19' 34.6"   W 008° 29' 45.0"

Nearest town

Sligo

Grid Ref.

G 67788 42064

Map No.

16

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

18

Date of visit

Tuesday 3 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The half round tower is enclosed into a low stone wall which tries to protect it from the nearby N15.


St. Colmcille founded a monastery here in 574 on the land that a local king, Aodh, son of Ainmire, gave him.
The only remains of that monastery are the round tower and the high cross on the other side of the N15 that unfortunately runs through the site.
The round tower stands to half of its original height or less, it seems that it was already damaged a couple of centuries ago and that at that time part of the stone in its masonry were used to build the nearby bridge.
The tower is separated and protected from the main road by a low stone wall. It's 8.50 metres tall and has a diameter of about 4.10 metres. On the southeast (105°) side, at 2.07 metres from the ground, there's a lintelled doorway which measures 1.46 metres of height and 45 centimetres of width.
At a height of 6.45 metres in the wall on the southwest side of the tower there's a small lintelled square window.
It seems that this is the only round tower in the county of Sligo.


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