ANTIQUITIES of IRELAND
Clones Round Tower
CLONES ROUND TOWER, COUNTY MONAGHAN
Clones round tower is one of the earliest
examples of a round Tower in Ireland and
probably dates from around the 10th
century. The present height of the tower is
approx; 70 feet with a circumference of 50
feet. The wall thickness is 3.ft - 6 inches
and the door height is 5.ft - 4.5 inches.
Originally 5 floors were carried on offsets
and joists, with a single window opening
into each floor, and the four top windows
face the cardinal points. The Tower lost its
conical cap between 1591 and 1741 and
the base shows evidence of attempts to
destroy by burning. The Tower is leaning
slightly to the north.
LOCATION
Clones round Tower is located off Abbey Lane in the centre of Clones town.