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Round Towers -  Monuments of County Clare

Irish round towers are tall, cylindrical constructions with a doorway usually about 10 above the ground. Originally they had wooden stairs inside, and landings at each storey. Their main function was as bell towers - to call monks in from the fields for prayer - but were used as places of refuge as well. The round tower at Scattery Island is a perfect example of a tower, standing 120 feet high. Unusually, its door is at ground level. The tower on Iniscaltra is complete except for missing top storey. Those at Drumcliff, Dysert O’Dea and Killinaboy are less well-preserved. No trace remains of the towers at Rath or Tuamgraney.

Photos of Round Towers

Map of the round towers of Clare

Dysert O’Dea Round Tower

Drumcliff Round Tower

Dysert Round Tower Inishcaltra or Holy Island Round Tower
Killinaboy Round Tower [Rath] Round Tower Scattery Island Round Tower
Tomgraney Round Tower    
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