Map Reference: N885698 (2885, 2698)

St Patrick is said to have founded the first monastery here. He placed his disciple St Cassanus in charge of it. The Round Tower is about 26m high and was restored in the middle of the 19th century. It sits on a well-defined plinth with a triple offset. This is about 60cm high. There are no windows at the top but it is thought that they may have been omitted during the restoration.

The round-headed doorway faces east. It is surmounted by a Crucifixion and flanked by two heads. The ruined church beside the Round Tower was built in the 15th century and replaced a Romanesque church on the same site.

Detail of the Crucifixion above the doorway

Some of the carved fragments from the church

Donaghmore is close to the Navan-Slane Road, about 2.5km NNE of Athlumney Castle and about 1.5km WSW of Dunmoe Castle.

For details of other Round Towers click on the links below

Antrim, Co Antrim Armoy, Co Antrim St Mullin’s, Co Carlow Drumlane, Co Cavan Drumcliff, Co Clare Dysert O’Dea, Co Clare Cloyne, Co Cork Kinneigh, Co Cork Tory Island, Co Donegal Drumbo, Co Down Maghera, Co Down Nendrum, Co Down Lusk, Co Dublin Swords, Co Dublin Devenish, Co Fermanagh Kilbennan, Co Galway Kilmacduagh, Co Galway Roscam, Co Galway Aghadoe, Co Kerry Ratoo, Co Kerry Castledermott, Co Kildare Kildare, Co Kildare Kilcullen, Co Kildare Oughterard, Co Kildare Taghadoe, Co Kildare Aghaviller, Co Kilkenny Grangefertagh, Co Kilkenny Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny Kilree, Co Kilkenny Tullaherin, Co Kilkenny Timahoe, Co Laois Kilmallock, Co Limerick Dromiskin, Co Louth Monasterboice, Co Louth Aghagower, Co Mayo Balla, Co Mayo Killala, Co Mayo Meelick, Co Mayo Turlough, Co Mayo Kells, Co Meath Clones, Co Monaghan Clonmacnois, Co Offaly Boyle, Co Roscommon Oran, Co Roscommon Drumcliffe, Co Sligo Cashel, Co Tipperary Roscrea, Co Tipperary Ardmore, Co Waterford Glendalough, Co Wicklow

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