The Disqualified Round Towers of Ireland

Kilmacnessan (Co. Dublin)

visited 9 August 1998

The little church of the sons of Nessan on Ireland´s Eye used to have a round turret built over the chancel vault. Drawings from the first half of the nineteenth century show the remains of its north side looking extremely unstable. Later in the century the church was much restored, the tower pulled down and its base rebuilt on top of the vault 3.60m in diameter to a height of 50cm. It is not clear how faithful a reconstruction this is, but in any case as part of a church building this does not rank as a round tower. (B.)