14th century Tower House

Kilcloggan townland derived its' name from a church founded here by St Alloch. Kilcloggan being a corruption of Cill Ealloch-Alloch's Church. In 1172 Henry II granted the church and lands to the Knights Templar, see Kilwirra Church, Louth These lands included the parishes of Hook and Templetown. The Templars established a preceptory here before they were suppressed in 1307. At this time their property was transferred into the hands of their rivals, the Knights Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem. When the Hospitallers themselves were suppressed in 1541 the tower house, which had been built by them in the 14th century was the centre of their manor. The Knights Hospitaller also held the nearby castles at Ballyhack and Slade. The castle was held by Henry Radcliffe in 1587 before passing into the hands of Sir Dudley Loftus in 1596. It remained in the Loftus family until the later part of the 19th century.

The present owners of the land were most gracious in allowing me to view/photograph the tower house from the exterior. As this tower house is on private property I will not be posting any geographic coordinates. The narrow four storey tower stands over 6 metres in height with two projecting towers at the northeast and southwest corners. The entrance, in the southeast wall, is protected by a machicolation, see centre image above. Most of the dressed stone is red sandstone. The stairs and garderobes are built inside the projecting towers. The double stepped parapet, also known as Irish crenellations can be seen in the bottom image. A superb Knights Hospitaller tower house.

Situated: In the townland of Kilcloggan north east of Templetown Church.


Discovery Map 76. Last visit Sept 2015.

Private Property.

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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