Round Tower and Church

All that remains of the monastic site founded by St Cuana in the early 7th century are the walls of a church and the stump of a round tower. St Cuana wrote the Annals of Cuana which go down to 628. The remains of the 12th century tower are only 3 metres high. The large blocks of dressed limestone used in the construction of the tower are really impressive and some of these huge stones have been cut into each other. The tower was built on a double plinth, which can be seen in the image left. At present the tower is full of rubble.

Church of St Cuana

The 20 metre long by 7.3 metre wide church has not been dated but is probably from the same century as the tower. Even though the ruins are not that extensive we spent a pleasant hour wandering around this well kept graveyard.

Situated: From Headford head south on the N84 for 5.5 kilometres. Turn left for Kilcoona. At the T-Junction turn right then first left. Keep left at the fork.

Discovery Map 45: M 3135 4415. Last visit April 2012.

Longitude: 9° 1' 60" W

Latitude: 53° 26' 35" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.


Approx date: 11th/12th Century

Dimensions: Height 3 m. Diameter: 5 m.

Door: Unknown Type: Unknown

Windows: Unknown

Features: None

Cap: Missing

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