The Disqualified Round Towers of Ireland

Ballinspittle (Co. Cork)

visited 7 August 1999

At a local road 3 miles west of The Old Head and one mile south of Ballinspittle stands a stump of a tower. Local people say that this is the stump of a round tower, but this can not be true. The tower is round in its base and is about 8 ft high, but its diameter is too small and the stonework is not strong enough for a native round tower. There is a staircase leading from the ground level to a platform in 6 ft height. The small circular structure might be the remain of a stone fort erected in 1770, but it is certainly not the remains of a round tower.