Clones Round Tower

Location: Clones

This round tower is 75 feet high, with retained square-headed door and windows.  Nearby is Saint Tiernach’s Shrine, which is carved out of stone in the shape of a house with interesting finials.  Saint Tiernach founded a monastery in Clones in the 6th century to which the tower belongs.

The round tower at Clones would have originally stood at almost 23 metres in height, including the conical cap, which is now missing.  The tower was built from sandstone and looks as though it may have been an early tower probably built around the 10th century.  There were four storeys including the bell storey.  There is a single window on each storey in the drum except for the bell-storey which had the usual four windows, one at each cardinal point on the compass.  In Irish the round towers are known as Cloigteach, literally meaning bell house.  Also, in St Tierney’s graveyard are some interesting grave slabs and the wonderful tomb shrine of St Tighernach (Tierney).