Iniskeen Round Tower
At a Glance
County Monaghan
OS Map 36
OS Coordinate H 932 070
Condition stump
Height 12.6 m
Doorway Type lintelled
Window Type N/A
Number of Windows none
Ground to Doorway 4.1 m
Distinguishing Features none
Traditional Association St. Dega
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Iniskeen Round Tower, Co. Monaghan

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Iniskeen Round Tower
County Monaghan
O.S. Map 36
Visited May 13, 2006

Location: Inishkeen village sits north of R178 halfway between Dundalk and Carrickmacross. The roundtower stands in a quiet graveyard along the road and beside a park along the River Fane. It is not far past the Patrick Kavanaugh Center where the famous poet is buried.

Dimensions: Due to the tower being surrounded by a cement walkway, there is no offset visible at the base of the tower. The unusually tubular tower flares out slightly at the top. The lintelled doorway faces ESE and is 4.1 meters above the walkway. There are no windows, but a cornice of some sort exists. It is reported that the top is now capped by a flat brick and cement roof.

Features: None noted

Comments: This tower is about as plain as can be, resembling a cardboard paper towel roll with a rectangle cut into it. While the park-like setting is very pretty, there is little of interest about either the tower or the churchyard in which it stands.

History: There is no early reference to this round tower and little is known about the early monastery here. It is reputed to have been founded by St. Dega, who was a pupil of St. Kieran of Clonmacnoise. Reportedly, about 1.5 meters was removed from the top of the tower in the early 19th century so that it could be fitted with an arch to hang a bell. Removed sometime before the 1840's, there was noticeable damage to the stonework from the weight of the arch and bell. Further damage was done when a doorway was created at the base of the tower. It was said that a hole was created when a builder obtained some of the stone for a bridge. The doorway has been blocked up on the outside of the tower, and the height was reinstated by the OPW in 1909. Further repairs were completed in 1973. The repairs were done well, but are very evident in both the upper and lower portions of the tower.

Other Items of Interest: There is a nice walking trail in the adjacent park.

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