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Newtown

Listed under Castles & Palaces in West Coast Ireland, Ireland.

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Very ingeniously positioned gunloops command the square pyramidal base of this late 16th century circular tower house which has recently been re-roofed and opened to the public. There are dome vaults over the first and third of five storeys and machicolations at the summit. Circular tower houses are unique to Ireland (except for one earlier example in SW Scotland), there being remains of about thirty, with a concentration of them in Co Tipperary, possibly inspired by the Butlers’ circular keep of c1200 at Nenagh.

Written by  Mike Salter.

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