Timahoe Round Tower

Timahoe , Co. Laois

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About Timahoe Round Tower

Timahoe Round Tower in Timahoe, Co. Laois.

Timahoe monastery was founded in the early 7th century by St. Mochúa mac Lónáin. Early historical references indicate that a church was burned here in 919, while there was a murder in the doorway of another church in 1069.

The church ruins were converted into a castle in the 17th century with the building of a tower.

The Round Tower is complete, though without floors or ladders, and was built in the mid 12th century. The cap was rebuilt in the 19th century but otherwise it is original. It has one of the finest four-order Romanesque Doorways in Ireland which is elaborately carved and decorated with human heads with intertwining hair, chevrons and capitals. It is unique in round tower architecture.

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