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Irish Round Towers

22 ardMore a noble survivor The monastery is said to be a fifth century foundation of the prePatrician missionary St. Declan. Nearby are his tomb, his well and the stone which transported his bell and vestments over from Wales. The tower is probably 12th century, as are the remarkable biblical scenes carved on the ruined cathedral. It is made of evenly coursed sandstone blocks with three prominent string courses and a cornice. It has the most pronounced batter of any Irish tower and inside are some elaborately carved corbels. In 1642 an English army beseiged Irish troops in Ardmore castle, and about 40 more in the tower, armed with two muskets. All were hanged after surrendering. In the 1860s the capstone was shot off but was replaced. Under the towers foundations were skeletons oriented towards the east, indicating that it was built on top of a Christian graveyard. 23
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