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(53°32′30″N, 8°53′26″W)
M 41 55
pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland) Galway
now Galway
medieval not confirmed
  • Tessa Garton

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Feature Sets

Early Christian site with round tower with plain round-headed doorway and ruined church of later date. One piece of Romanesque carved stone is preserved at the site.


The foundation of the monastery is attributed to St Benen or Benignus, a 5thc. saint. The annals record the burning of the settlement in 1114.


Loose Sculpture


This voussoir is the only remaining trace of a Romanesque building that must once have occupied the site. Rosettes within lozenges are also found at Annaghdown (Galway), Killaloe Cathedral and Tomgraney (Clare).

Barrow, L., The Round Towers of Ireland, Dublin, 1979, 97.
Kelly, R.J., ‘Notes on the Round Tower of Kilbannon’ JRSAI, 31, 1901, 379-81.