Drumcliffe Round Tower


Round Tower

Located o n the west side of the road which now disects the former monastic site at Drumcliffe is the remains of Sligo's only Round Tower which dates to the 10th/11th Century. It is recorded that Lightning struck the tower in 1396, and that much of the tower was plundered in the 18th-19th century to build a nearby bridge. Petrie, in the mid 19th century, drew the tower with a shack at its base and a window remnant at the top of the tower to the southeast. The tower stands about 9 metres from ground level with the ESE-facing doorway about 2 meters above ground level. One small lintelled window survives on the second floor level.


East Face


Situated: Easy. Nestled below Benbulben in County Sligo, approximately 12 kilometres north of Sligo town on the N15. The Tower is on the west side of the road facing Drumcliffe church.

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Discovery Map 25: G 6773 4207. Last visit June 2012

Longitude: 8° 29' 45" W

Latitude: 54° 19' 35"  N

Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

Approx date: 10th/11th Century

Dimensions: Height 9m. Diameter: 4.98 m

Door: Above ground 1.98m. Type: Lintelled

Windows: One small lintelled.

Features: None

Cap: Missing

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