Rathmichael

Round Tower

Standing next to the south wall of St Michael's Church is the stump of a round tower. The 1.9 metre high tower was built from coursed granite and limestone and is dated to around the 10th century. There are no remaining features. The first church may have been founded by St Comgall of Bangor. The medieval nave and chancel church is situated within the cashel walls of a monastery dedicated to St Michael. On the walls of the church are a wonderful collection of Christian burial slabs.

Situated: From the M50 take exit 15 and head up the Glenamuck road signposted Kilternan. At the T-Junction take a left for Kilternan then take another left down Ballycorus Rd. About 2 miles down here is a right turn up a narrow track, just after the turn for Puck's Castle. The tower is 400 metres up here on your right.

Google Map

Discovery Map 50: O 2376 2186. Last visit Sept 2013.

Longitude: 6° 8' 47" W

Latitude: 53° 13' 58" N

Photos: Jim Dempsey

From the west

Approx date: 10th Century

Dimensions: Height 1.9 m. Diameter: 4.96 m

Windows: None.

Features:None.

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