Oran Round Tower

Map Reference: M775695 (1775, 2695)

As you read through this page and look at the photographs you may wonder why I have included this monument among Irish Antiquities. It is one of the worst examples of a Round Tower that I have come across. It stands only about 4m high and for the most part it is covered with ivy. It rests on a plinth up to 39cm high. The lower courses are of large regular tufa-like blocks while the upper courses seem to be of large limestone blocks. I have included Oran Round Tower because it is important to warn would-be visitors not to expect a 30m tall building when they see the words 'Round Tower' written on the map. However Oran is important in that it is one of only two Round Towers in Co Roscommon. St Patrick is said to have founded a church on this site. He appointed his disciple, St Cethec, as the first bishop. Nothing is known of the later history of the site and the church ruins near the Round Tower are of much later date.

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 Donaghmore, Co Meath Kells, Co Meath Clones, Co Monaghan Clonmacnois, Co Offaly Boyle, Co Roscommon Drumcliffe, Co Sligo Cashel, Co Tipperary Roscrea, Co Tipperary Ardmore, Co Waterford Glendalough, Co Wicklow

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