Turlough Round Tower

Map Reference: M207941 (1207, 2941)

Little is known about the monastic site at Turlough. It was possibly a Patrician foundation. The church at Turlough was pillaged by MacWilliam in 1236 but it had probably ceased to be monastic long before then. The first reference to the Round Tower is in a drawing of 1792 when the cap was in a ruinous state. It was repaired in 1880 by the OPW. It stands about 23m high with a round headed doorway 4m above ground level. The doorway is about 1.8m high and 60cm wide. It is blocked at the inner face. There are four square-headed windows at ascending levels and four angle-headed windows at the top.

The church beside the Tower dates from the 18th century but incorporates a 16th century mullioned window and a small Crucifixion plaque dated 1625.There are several carved stones and a second, undated, Crucifixion panel.

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