Killinaboy Round Tower, Co. Clare
Killinaboy Round Tower
O.S. Map 51
Visited May 20, 2006
Location: Killinaboy village is north of Corofin on the R 476. The round tower
stands at the far edge of the graveyard and is not noticeable from the road as it is
covered in a thick crown of ivy and other vegetation. Steps rise from the road to
a gate in front of the late medieval church, recognized by the gable immediately inside
this gate. The stonework on this wall forms a very nice two-armed cross, though this is
becoming obscured by ivy as well.
Dimensions: No offset at ground level is visible. The tower has an external
diameter of 15.08 meters. About 12 courses of fairly well-dressed limestone
can be seen under the heavy foliage growing on the tower. This stub contains no doors or
Features: There are no truly identifying features of this tower, other than the
heavy growth of vegetation.
Comments: The tower and church are in danger of being completely overgrown at this time.
Someone has obviously been looking after the site, as the sheela-na-gig was well-cleared,
unlike the majority of the building over which she presides. The tower itself, in
addition to the ivy and bushes growing in and on it, sports a healthy growth of grass
at its top. This suggests that the interior may be filled to its top course of stone,
rather than hollow, as would be expected.
History: This site is said to have had a daughter of Baiothe as its patroness,
but little is known of the monastery at Killinaboy. In the Statistical Survey of 1808,
the tower stood virtually the same as is found today.
Other Items of Interest: The church at the top of the entrance stairway has
a large double-armed cross designed into the stone taking up most of the west gable. It is difficult
to photograph but well executed. Over the doorway of this church is a rather
stern-looking sheela-na-gig. Inside the 16th century church are several interesting
17th century graves - one of which has a good, if primitive, crucifixion scene with
simplified foliage decoration.