The Disqualified Round Towers of Ireland

The Three Pigeons (Co. Westmeath)

visited 5 August 1999

This tower stands in the fields at the back of a farmhouse at The Pigeons adjacent to the N55 approximately 10 miles north-east of Athlone. It can be easily mistaken as a stump of a round tower, when seen from a distance. The circumference is in fact much too large and there are two doors at ground level. This tower is obviously the remains of "the busy windmill" mentioned in a poem by Oliver Goldsmith, who was born in this area. Locals say, that this tower marks the centre of Ireland. Whatever the truth of this claim, the ruin is definitely not the remains of a round tower.