Round Tower

Ardmore comes from the Irish Aird Mhór, meaning "Great Height" and as you can see from the image above the round tower totally dominates the Ardmore landscape. It is a complete tower but the conical cap is not the original. The 12th century tower has three clearly visible string courses and each course is offset, this plus the inclination or batter of the walls give the tower it's distinctive tapered shape. The sandstone blocks are dressed to the curve. The tower has a total of 7 windows and a decorated doorway 3.98 metres above ground level.

One of our favourite round towers

Situated: Quite easy to find this one - from the centre of Ardmore head south uphill to the round tower that dominates the skyline.

Discovery Map 82: X 1883 7740. Last visit July 2011.

Longitude: 7° 43' 34" W

Latitude: 51° 56' 55" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson

Approx date: 12th Century

Dimensions: Height 29.2 m. Diameter: 5 m

Door: Above ground 3.98m. Type: Arched.

Windows: Seven. 5 lintelled. 1 round and 1 angled.

Features: String courses.

Cap: Conical, rebuilt.

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