Aghagower Round Tower

Map Reference: M035804 (1035, 2804)

The founder of the first monastery here was St Senach who was created Bishop of Aghagower by St Patrick. The Round Tower, which is preserved up to the fourth floor, about 16m high. It has a round-headed doorway facing east 2.2m above the present ground level. It is about 1.5m high and 65cm wide.

The later doorway at ground level faces north-west. It is square-headed, about 1.6m high and 75cm wide. There was still a monastic settlement here in the 13th century but little is known about it. An Ordnance Survey memoir of 1838 records a local tradition that the top of the Round Tower was blasted by lightning and landed half a mile away.

The nearby church was built in the 15th century but with fragments of an earlier church.

For details of other Round Towers click on the links below

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