It's a shame there isn't more made of this very good example of a round tower. It is a landmark and draws you to it, but its surroundings are unkempt and there's a ruin of a house in front. Much more could be made of this historically significant and interesting town in general.
Specifically went via Killala to see Cathedral & round tower. Former closed, latter let down by surroundings, very poor explanatory panels & total lack of welcome to tourists in village.
Was anyone even aware of the significance of the village in 1798?
The Round Tower in Killala is located in a most incongruous place, with all the land around claimed for other purposes. It would originally have stood in a monastic settlement, which would probably have included the area where the Church of Ireland now stands.
The tower was hit by lightning on two occasions, and has been repaired poorly.
There are 65 so called round towers in Ireland. Like Norman Keeps, Abbeys and Monasteries they form part of the signature that is Ireland's heritage which we share with the world. None is more iconic than the Round Tower.
Built totally of stone over a millenium ago they invariably were constructed adjacent to a church. In many instances the churches...