The Disqualified Round Towers of Ireland

Killashee (Co. Kildare) – visited 10 August 1998

This tower stands in an abandoned churchyard four miles south of Naas, at the back of Killashee House, now Our Lady´s Bower School. It is rectangular at the base and tapers to round between 4.30m and 7.30m from the ground. It is the surviving western tower of a medieval church, possibly of the fifteenth century, and is wholly different in structure to a round tower. On the east side is has a high arch which opened in the original nave but is now blocked up, leaving a doorway at ground level into the roofless nave of the eighteenth-century church. The only access now is over the wall of the latter. The site is associated with St Auxilius, a companion of St Patrick, but there are no remains of the early monastery. (B.)