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Aghagower Round Tower
 

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Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 45' 51.3"   W 009° 27' 53.4"

Nearest town

Aghagower

Grid Ref.

M 03448 80384

Map No.

31

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

64

Date of visit

Monday 30 May 2011

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The roofless round tower and the church at Aghagower.


Fourteen years and one month have passed since our last visit to this round tower!
Like the round tower in Balla, this one also has two doorways, one at the ground level facing northwest (205°), the other one 2.20 metres above the ground facing northeast (70°). The tower has a height of 12.50 metres from the ground level and a diameter of about 4 metres.
The original doorway is the one at 2.20 metres above the ground and has an arched top and two jambs made of three stone blocks each.
A later doorway has been added at the ground level. This is lintelled and with a rectangular section and faces northwest.

The round tower may have been built between 973 and 1013. According to a local folklore, the top of the tower was blasted by a lightning to the hill of Tevenish, half a mile away to the south. It stayed up there until a few years before 1838, when a local woman picked up the capstone and carried it in her apron all way down to the church where it still stays today.
The adjacent ruined church is very old, probably 14th century. The only visible feature of this building are the east window and the south doorway.
A small dog kept us company throughout our visit to the graveyard. She loved to play with us and her specialty was rolling on her back.


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