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Castledermot Round Tower
Cloigtheach DhĂ­seart Diarmada
Castledermot monastic remains.jpg
Affiliation Catholic
Location Church Lane, Castledermot,
County Kildare, Ireland
Castledermot Round Tower is located in Ireland
Castledermot Round Tower
Location in Ireland
Architectural style Irish round tower
Groundbreaking 10th century
Height (max) 20 m (66 ft)
Materials Granite

Castledermot Round Tower is a 10th-century round tower in Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland. The tower, and the high crosses nearby, are a National Monument.


The tower is complete, although the original cap has been replaced with battlements. It is composed of rounded granite boulders embedded in mortar.


Castledermot was founded as a monastic settlement c. 800 AD. The bishop-poet Cormac mac Cuilennáin was buried here in AD 938 and the round tower was probably built around that time. The community ceased to exist some time after 1073.

The crosses

Castledermot North Cross East Face 2013 09 04
East face of the north cross

There are two high crosses:

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