Donaghmore

Round Tower

It is believed a monastery was founded here by St Patrick in the 5th century and he then placed it in the care of his disciple St Cassan. The round tower which dates to the 11th century is the oldest of the remaining features at this site. The tower which is built of undressed limestone stands at around 26 metres tall, The tripartite arched doorway has rounded mouldings. It has a head on either side above the jambs. On the keystone of the arch is a crucified Christ. One unusual feature of the tower is that there are no windows in the bell storey, which normally has four windows each facing the four cardinal points. It is assumed that they were omitted during some restoration work by a previous owner in 1841. Also on site are the remains of a 16th century church which has a carved head from an earlier church built in the south wall.

Situated: From Navan take the N51 (Slane road) for approximately 2 kilometres. You will see the round tower on your left. Take a left turn when you reach the tower and left again into a small car-park.

Discovery Map 42. N 8839 6980. Last visit Mar 2010.

Longitude: 6° 39' 45" W

Latitude: 53° 40' 14" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

Approx date: 11th Century

Dimensions: Height 26.6 m. Diameter: 4.98 m

Door: Above ground 3.4m. Type: Tripartite round arch.

Windows: Four. 2 lintelled, 1 angled window, 1 arched.

Features: Doorcase and lack of bell-storey windows.

Cap: Replaced with a low angled cap.

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