Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kinneigh Round Tower

Kinneigh Round Tower which is located on the site of a monastery founded by St. Colman (Macolmog), is unique in that the lower 18 feet are hexagonal and the upper section round. The round tower has a square headed doorway and an internal ladder, access to which is closed.  The tower was altered in the last century to make a belfry.
This monastery was destroyed by the Danes in one of their raids, probably that of the year A.D. 916, when they settled along the Bandon river. The monastery was rebuilt later at a site farther east, where stands the Round Tower, which was itself erected in the year 1014. What is now known as Kinneigh Round Tower stands in the townland of Sleenogue about half a mile east of the old monastery.