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Ardmore Round Tower and Ruins

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Ardmore (Aird Mhór in Irish, meaning "Great Height") is a fishing village not far from Youghal. It is believed to be the oldest Christian settlement in Ireland. Saint Declan lived in the region at some time in the period 350 – 450 AD and christianized the area before the coming of Saint Patrick.

On a hill above the village is a well preserved 30-m high, 12th-century round tower and the ruins of St Declan's church and oratory dating from the 13th and 8th centuries respectively. One of the outer walls of the church features some stone carvings retrieved from an earlier 9th-century building.

The round tower which was built in the 12th Century stands at 29 metres high and is comprised of four floors. There are four windows on the top floor of the tower, each being equi-distant from each other. There are a number of simpler openings on the other floors, which also provide light. The entrance doorway is roughly four metres from the ground. The round tower was to serve as a refuge for inhabitants of the settlement and was also used a safe storage location for their various possessions, which would have included books, chalices etc

 

 

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