The Disqualified Round Towers of Ireland

Dungiven (Co. Derry)

visited 11 August 1998

The Augustinian priory, founded 1100, just south of the town, had a tower at the south-west corner of the church, c.15m high, angular to the springing of the roof, then circular. Reeves states that it was undermined by treasure seekers and fell in 1784 but the Statistical survey of 1802 has a drawing which shows a short round tower still in place. The foundations of the tower can still be seen projecting from the south wall of the west end of the nave but they give no indication of its form. It was undoubtedly part of the church and not an orthodox round tower. (B.)