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Aghagower

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Description

The church is mainly 12thc./13thc. with some later medieval additions and incorporates a plain 12thc. S doorway. This has a chamfered label on the exterior and a tall rear arch on the interior. Three courses of the E jamb of a doorway survive in the N wall of the nave. A large, shaped block, possibly an arcuated lintel, has been reset in the S wall to the E of the S doorway. The incomplete round tower ( h. 15.85 m) has a plain, round-headed doorway about 2.00 m above ground level. There is later doorway with a flat lintel at the base of the tower. No sculpture.

History

Gwynne and Hadcock record that St Patrick founded a monastery at Aghagower and that Senagh was Bishop. The Annals of the Four Masters record that the erenagh was killed in 1094, the Annals of Connaught record the death of an erenagh in 1233 and the killing of an erenagh in 1247.

Features

Comments/Opinions

The round tower is not mentioned in Petrie. Lalor describes it in detail, including dimensions.

Bibliography

  • M. Killanin and M. Duignan, The Shell Guide to Ireland, London, 1962, 2nd ed. 1967, 459.

  • A. Gwynn and R. N. Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses in Ireland, 1970, London, 28.

  • P. Harbison, Guide to the National and Historical Monuments of Ireland, Dublin, 1992, 241.

  • B. Lalor, The Irish Round Towers, Cork, 1999, 187-189.

Round tower.
Nave, S doorway, exterior.
Plain doorway, general view
Nave, S doorway, interior.
Plain doorway, arch
Arcuated lintel in S wall of nave.

Location

Site Location
Aghagower
National Grid Reference
M 03 80 
Boundaries
now: Mayo
Dedication
now:
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Ruined church and round tower  
Report authors
Hazel Gardiner