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Kilkenny Landscape photography – Grangefertagh Round tower, Co. Kilkenny

Grangefertagh Abbey, near Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Grangefertagh Roundtower, near Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Grangefertagh Round tower, Co. Kilkenny

I have passed the round tower at Grangefertagh many time but it is only in the last week that I had time to stop and get some images.

The Round tower at Grangefertagh, County Kilkenny stands some 31 metres tall and forms a striking image above the Kilkenny countryside.

The northeast facing doorway which is situated 3.3 metres above ground level has been badly damaged. A farmer removed the original stones and used them to form a fireplace, mistakenly believing they were fireproof. It contains nine windows in total , six angle headed and three lintel-led. Four of the angle headed windows are on the top storey facing the four cardinal points. The tower is complete to the cornice but only part of the cap remains.

A modern doorway has been inserted by the O.P.W. The round tower is the last remnant of the early monastery founded by St Ciaran of Seir in the 6th century. It was raided by vikings in 861 and in 1156 the high king Murtagh McNeale burned the tower with the lector inside. To the north of the tower is a church that belonged to the 13th century monastery founded by the Blanchevilles for the Canons Regular of St Augustine

Wikipedia : What are Irish Roundtowers


Grangefertagh round town 2

Grangefertagh round town 3

Grangefertagh round town 1

4 responses

  1. I need more windows. Just sayin’. It’s beaut.

    October 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    • Hello Elen ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  2. M-R

    It’s absolutely astonishing to think of builders constructing these all the way back then !

    October 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    • Hello Margaret ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes I guess so , the hight is amazing .

      October 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

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