Round Tower

Located at the top of a hill overlooking Killarney, Aghadoe round tower must have been visible for many kilometres. Sadly, only the lower portion remains. The ground level on the south, east and west sides has been raised up, giving the tower its stumpy appearance. The 12th century sandstone tower is dressed to the curve but is believed to have been rebuilt in the 19th Century using some smaller stones along with the original larger pinkish sandstone blocks. The tallest portion stands at 5.5m but the majority of the remains reach only 3.4m above ground level. There are no surviving windows or a doorway, suggesting that either the door sill was above the surviving stonework or it was omitted in reconstruction. The base dimensions of 4.6m suggest that the tower was once approximately 30m tall.

Situated: From Killarney take the N70 west. After 1 kilometre take a right turn at Ballydowny Drive for 2 k. The round tower is on your right at the T-Junction.

Discovery Map 78: V 9340 9280. Last visit July 2011.

Longitude: 9° 33' 17"W

Latitude:   52° 4' 38"N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

Approx date: 11th Century

Dimensions: Height 5.5 m. Diameter: 4.6 m

Door: None


Features: None

Cap: Missing

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