The Disqualified Round Towers of Ireland

Glendalough, St Kevin´s (Co. Wicklow) – visited 8 August 1998

The turret on the west gable of St Kevin´s church in the monastic city is sometimes described as a round tower. It is obviously inspired by one and may be one of the first attempts at incorporating such a structure in the building of a church. It rises 4.57m above the ridge of the roof and is complete with its conical cap, but cannot be classed as a genuine round tower. (B.)