The round tower was the Irish reaction to the Norse raids on monasteries in the 10th/11th century A.D. These tapering buildings, over 100 feet high, served as watch-towers, belfries, repositories for church valuables and as refuges for the community. The door, normally 15-20 feet above ground was reached by a movable ladder and the interior was divided into four or more storeys.
The present height of the tower is 110 feet. The level of the surroundings has been raised by burials and the conical cap is missing.
Mar chosaint ar ruathair na lochlannach faoi mhainistreacha sa 10?/11? A.D. A t?gadh na cloigthithe, b'?iteanna faire, l?ithreacha clog, ionaid thaisce do sheoda Eaglaise agus termainn do muintir na mainistreach na cloigthithe arda sin. Bh?odh an doras de ghn?th 15-20 troigh os cionn na tal?n agus dr?imire inaistrithe suas chuige. Bh?odh ceithre ?rl?r n? tuilleadh ? roinnt laistigh.
Iio troigh ar airde at? an cloigtheach anois. T? an talamh ina thimpeall ardaithe anois ag uaigheanna, agus t? an caip?n coirceogach ar iarraidh.