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Round Towers

Round towers are a prominent feature of the historical landscape all over the country. The original Old Irish word was "Cloigtheach", meaning bell tower. A characteristic of round towers is the positioning of the door well above ground level which suggests that they were used for refuge. Killala round tower stands 84 feet high with the doorway 11 feet above the ground. It was struck by lightning sometime in the nineteenth century and subsequently repaired. 

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