Ardmore Round Tower

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Name Ardmore Round Tower County Waterford Nearest Town Youghal Access Road R673 About Originally a 5th century monastic settlement, Ardmore was founded by St Declan in 316 AD.

Here you will find the Ardmore Tower high on a hill overlooking the village.

This is a well-preserved 30m (97 feet) high, 12th-century round tower and the ruins of St Declan’s church and oratory dating from the 13th and 8th centuries respectively.

One of the outer walls of the church features some stone carvings retrieved from an earlier 9th-century building.

The carvings include a very early image of a harp, and of Adam and Eve in the garden.

The church also contains two Ogham stones, which rest in small alcoves.

The present Church of Ireland church (St.

Paul’s) is in this complex, and some elements of the original structure can also be seen within this church.

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