Cloyne Round Tower

Map Reference: W917677 (1917, 0677)

Cloyne Round Tower, in Townparks (Cloyne) townland, has a square-headed doorway and a castellated top. The top was modified in 1748 after the tower was damaged by a lightning strike. It stands 30m high and has seven storeys with basement. There is a single square-headed window at each level except at the fifth floor which has an angle-headed window and the top floor which has four windows. The doorway is about 3.5m above ground level and is now reachable by an iron stair. The tower was used in the 19th century to hang the Cathedral bell.

The Cathedral, on the opposite side of the road, appears to date from the late 13th century, but has been extensively repaired and restored on at least four occasions. An early monastery was founded here by St Colman Mac Lenen, who died around 600, but all its buildings were burned in 1137.

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