Balla Round Tower, Co. Mayo
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Description

St Mochua is said to have founded a monastery at Balla in either 637 or 694. It was destroyed by fire in 1179.

The Round Tower has an external doorway situated on the upper left as well as a mysterious opening in the back for which archaeologists have been unable to determine its purpose. The low located opening may suggest the round Tower was used as a bell-tower rather than for defensive purposes. The tower is approximately 10m tall and has two doors. The one at ground level is presumably a later addition. The original door has a simple lintel and is 5m or so off the ground.

More about Round Towers you will find HERE.
More about Monastic Sites in Ireland you will find HERE.

Admission

Free