Ardrahan Round Tower
At a Glance
County Galway
OS Map 52
OS Coordinate M 460 154
Condition minimal remains
Height less than 3 m
Doorway Type N/A
Window Type N/A
Number of Windows none
Ground to Doorway N/A
Distinguishing Features appears as bulge in cemetery wall
Traditional Association unknown
 
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Ardrahan Round Tower Co. Galway

Ardrahan Round Tower
County Galway
O.S. Map 52
Visited May 20, 2006

Location: : In the rear of the Church of Ireland churchyard off the N18, built into the churchyard retaining wall. Best visible from the farmgate on the road running between the church and the Ardrahan Post Office (about 250 meters from the P.O.). There is parking for perhaps two cars along the front of the church near the beautifully maintained steps on the N18.

Dimensions:Irregular offset approximately .75 cm above ground level with four courses of large regularly coursed stone above, less than 3 meters high. The diameter can be guessed at from the curve as being somewhat less than 5 meters, typical for a round tower.

Features: The remnants of this tower are merely a half of a shell. The interior is almost completely covered with brambles and ivy, making photography close to impossible. The interior is further obscured by a 19th century graveslab, though whether it actually indicates a burial there is uncertain since many of the graveslabs now in the churchyard were moved when the small road beside the church was built, according to locals.

Comments:Michael Taylor, a professed stonemason who lives nearby, is the caretaker for the church and has spent much of his personal time clearing the brambles, gorse and ivy from the graveyard. His family has lived in Ardrahan for some 300 years and claims that the road level has been lowered twice in his lifetime and that this is having a profound effect on the churchyard.

History: Unknown. Nothing remains of this early site other than the fragment of the round tower.

Other Items of Interest: In the Church of Ireland Parish church (1809) is a font reputed to be from Corcomroe Abbey and approximately from the 9th to 11th century. There are also remnants of the medieval church which once stood here housed in the church entry. In the churchyard, much neglected and tended to only recently are a number of interesting graves and two standing stones. The grave of Thomas Fin Cook was apparently a Mason, another has a primitive carving of a ploughman's tools. One incorporates snowflakes and spirals and one (which appears to be upside down) has some good knotwork and a celtic cross inscribed on it. Across the main road from the church are the ruins of a reputed DeBurgo Tower house with an earthwork surround.

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