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Irish Round Towers

Introduction 1 Near Eastern Connections 2 Abbots and Crosses 4 Mills, Mortar and Monasteries 6 Building in the Round 8 Geometry 10 Doors and Windows 12 Siting 14 Cashel 16 Clones 18 Devenish 20 Ardmore 22 Ancient Destruction 24 Survival 26 Speculations 28 Prestige 30 A Woman with an Answer 32 Ravenna 34 Charlemagne 36 Northern European Round Towers 38 Minarets and Lighthouses 40 Counting the Hours 42 Clocking in 44 Bell Casting 46 A Leaning Tower 48 Gazeteer of Round Towers 5054 To Anthea, who gave me that dratted book on Irish round towers twenty years ago, and with many thanks to Nelson Bell, for allowing us to use many images from his collection of books. Pictures have been taken from Early Christian Architecture in Ireland by Margaret Stokes, London, 1878, The Towers and Temples of Ancient Ireland by Marcus Keane, Dublin, 1867, Notices on the Round Towers of Ulster by G. M. Hills, Dublin, 1854 and The Ecclesiatical Architecture of Ireland by George Petrie, Dublin, 1845. Further Reading M. Stokes, The Early Christian Architecture of Ireland, Dublin 1979 H. McDonnell, Margaret Stokes and the Irish Round Tower, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 1994 R. Stalley, Irish Round Towers, Dublin 2000. Drumbo
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