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Irish Round Towers

5 4 abbots and crosses the very first Irish towers The towers must at least predate their first mention in the annals, the burning of Slanes clog teach in AD 950. We also know the identity of two tower builders. Cormac Ui Cillin, who died in 964, was the comarb of Tuaimgreine, and built built both its church and clog teach, and Colman Conailleach, abbot of Clonmacnoise, 904921, was called the joy of every tower. This suggests that he built several. Colman was a busy man, as he also sculpted the Cross of the Scriptures at Clonmacnoise according to the historian Franoise Henry. In Irish monasteries, she said, as in Benedictine ones, manual occupations alternated constantly with spiritual exercises, and manual work often took the form of art or craftsmanship. These two architectbuilders were abbots, the leaders of their spiritual communities, and clearly they would only have erected their towers for a serious religious purpose. Clonmacnoise
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