Kilmacduagh Tower
Kilmacduagh Tower
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Smoltman
Courtenay, Canada10,612 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This monastery ruin was very interesting and it consisted of a few buildings. It is still an active grave site and you cannot get into any of the ruins for safety and privacy concerns I imagine, The tower which is the tallest in Ireland is actually tilting a bit. Well worth the walk about.
Written June 18, 2024
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PFC75
Darwin, Australia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We visited as we was looking for a headstone of distant relatives with a picture from 1968 and we believe we found the correct one. It’s a beautiful setting with lovely old ruins and the tower is lovely
We spent time walking around enjoying the views. Worth the visit and will come back next time in Ireland
Written April 25, 2024
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RevTurk
Galway, Ireland5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I came across this monastery completely by accident on the way to the cliffs of Mohar. It's a pretty big site with a number of building in different states of decay. It's not a big tourist site, but it is an active grave site. So in most cases you'll have the place to yourself if your not part of a tour. There are no offices or facilities that I could see.
There's also a castle in the field beside it that looks like it split in half and half tha building rolled over onto it's side without falling apart.
Written October 7, 2022
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Koffiegirl
Santa Barbara15 contributions
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Kilmacduagh was my favorite spot in Ireland. Visiting felt much less like traveling and more like some kind of spiritual experience. The round tower is absolutely remarkable, especially after the rain which resulted in a moody sky.

Unlike Bunratty Castle or even Cashel, the ruins do not have a touristy feel. When I arrived, a cow was casually munching on grass among the churches, and a chunky dog waddled over to check on me. Being in such a rural setting devoid of humans added to the ambience.

According to myth and legend, Kilmacduagh was founded in the 7th century by Colman MacDuagh, who built the monastery on the spot his jewelled girdle fell.

The intact round tower is the tallest in Ireland and was built in the11th century. Bones were found beneath the round tower, the theory being it was built atop a cemetery.

The cathedral and churches are ethereal. The amount and quality of high crosses.....spectacular. All set among gorgeous green scenery.

We just don't have anything like this in America. Reading about the history from the so called Dark Ages has always required imagination. But, actually standing among the medieval structures at Kilmacduagh created a tanigible connection to the 11th and 12th century.

A visit is free, and the site is easily accessed from the R460. In sum, a fantastic place to visit if you like Christian history.
Written November 11, 2008
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Fiona O
galway316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
Ok, im a local so i might be biased but i have yet to meet a tourist or local who doesn't love this place, it has a very unusual feel to it, its haunting yet beautiful. This is a seventh century site, with churches and the most amazing round tower, there is a graveyard here and legend tells us that St. Colman is buried here. It is a five minute drive from the market town of Gort and well worth the diversion,

Its not touristy and it doesn't cost anything to visit.If you are visiting South Galway or the Burren area please do not miss this, it is quite honestly stunning.
Written March 23, 2013
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Galwaygirl39
St Albans107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
I’ve been to Kilmacduagh a few times & on each visit I find myself drawn to explore in more detail.
The peaceful ruins of the monastic settlement boasts five partially preserved buildings including a cathedral and a stunning 120ft tower that leans approx 2ft off the perpendicular . The church has little details in the well preserved architecture of the windows, the head of a bishop or even King over the door, the stonework on the old Celtic crosses that grace the graveyard and I’m always fascinated by the entrance to the tower that is about twenty feet off the ground ! If nothing else grabs you while here, just stop for a few minutes while in the graveyard, look out across the turloughs and listen to the silence- broken only by the occasional lowing of cattle grazing in nearby fields. Kilmacduagh is a site of peace & tranquility, where history. & modern life rub comfortably alongside each other
A notice board in the nearby car park tells you a little of the history & directs visitors to get further information from a nearby house. Personally I believe a visit to the Tourist Office in Gort provides you with a wealth of useful local information (Open during the summer months )
Gort and Kilmacduagh are inextricably linked so don’t leave the area without visiting & learning more about the kindness of King Guaire , his links to this monastic site & the town that is Gort Inse Guaire
Written July 21, 2019
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sannia97
Dublin, Ireland30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This place is amazing, bearing the history from 7th Century! We visited the place this morning. would be great place for family visit. The route to this monument is kinda long detour! the other problem is that there is no Toilet when you get there.
Written June 25, 2018
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Bruce B
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
These ruins are marvelous, the best we have seen in Ireland, and with an impact rating close to the Forum in Rome. They seem to suddenly appear out of nowhere as you drive from Gort to Corofin along the open, eastern barren hills of Burren National Park (15 minutes southwest of Gort on R460; no signs anywhere!).
Written April 29, 2018
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Sligo, Ireland340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Kilmacduagh round tower is located about 5 km south-west from the town of Gort Co Galway. It’s about 34 meters high and as such it is the tallest round tower in Ireland. The tower tilts out of the perpendicular and this feature can be seen from quite a distance. The walls of the tower are believed to be about 2 meters thick at the3 base and it has a doorway set high in the wall 7 meters above the ground making the tower safe from marauding Vikings who from time to time raided and pillaged in Early Times. It’s located as part of an Early monastic village which also contains a monastery and bishop’s palace dating from the middle ages. There is a good sized car-park and access is free and by a gate. Across the road from the carpark there is a farmhouse and they have produced a booklet with drawings and diagrams outlining the history of the tower and the other ancient buildings. It’s well worth a visit, rain or shine.
Written January 23, 2018
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Solo
Kilmacduagh...Already from early childhood, Kilmacduagh was “a place”. Usually, though, it was a place where we went to bury the dead. A melancholic and solitary place.

My relatives lie there. As do our O’Shaughnessy ancestors. And local historian, Tom Hannon.

Tread softly!
Written June 14, 2012
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