K3D – Oughterard Round Tower

Oughterard Round Tower in 3D

Model by GWY, text from the Historic Environment Viewer


Oughterard Round Tower (National Monument KD015-007003-)
Description from the Historic Environment Viewer: In the SW corner of a graveyard (KD015-007004-) which also contains a medieval parish church (KD015-007005-). The remains consist of the lower portions (H 10m) of a round tower (ext. diam 4.8m; av. wall T 1.1m), built of coursed limestone masonry. The round-headed, granite doorway c. 2.5m above ground level has slightly inwardly inclining jambs, and faces E. Three floor-levels can be identified and one round-headed window survives at first-floor level, looking S. The round tower and nearby church are National Monuments (No. 190) in State ownership. (Fitzgerald 1891-5, 84-6; Killanin and Duignan 1967, 329; Lennox-Barrow 1979, 123-4; Bradley et al. 1986 vol. 4, 408-9; Harbison 1992, 192)

Compiled by: Gearóid Conroy

Date of upload: 10 June 2011


  • 1. Bradley, J., Halpin, A., and King, H.A. 1986 Urban Archaeological Survey – County Kildare (4 vols.). Unpublished report commissioned by the Office of Public Works, Dublin.
  • 2. FitzGerald, Lord W. 1891-5 Miscellanea and Notes. An undeciphered portion of a 16th-century Inscription from near Athy. Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society, 1, 337.
  • 3. Harbison, P. 1992 Guide to the national and historic monuments of Ireland. Gill and Macmillan Ltd., Dublin.
  • 4. Killanin, M.M. and Duignan, M.V. 1967 (2nd ed.) The Shell guide to Ireland. London. The Ebury Press.
  • 5. Lennox Barrow, G. 1979 The round towers of Ireland: a study and gazetteer. Dublin. The Academy Press.

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