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Castledermot Round Tower and St. James' Church - Things to Know Before Visiting

Mullarney, Abbeyview, Co. Kildare, Ireland

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About Castledermot Round Tower and St. James' Church

This ancient church at Castledermot was formerly known as Díseart Diarmada, meaning Dermot’s hermitage. The monastery was raided by the Vikings in the 9th century, but continued its existence at least until the 12th century. All that is left today is a splendidly reconstructed Romanesque doorway, which came from a church that has since vanished.


Attractions Near Castledermot Round Tower and St. James' Church

Castledermot Abbey
Castledermot Abbey0.24km from Castledermot Round Tower and St. James' Church

Castledermot Abbey is a ruined Franciscan friary in Castledermot, County Kildare, in the Republic of Ireland. It was founded in about the year 1300. A previous monastery was founded on the same site by Diarmait, a son of Áed Róin, King of Ulster, in the ninth century AD. The solid stonework is well preserved, seeming as secure and strong as the day it was first constructed.

Duckett's Grove
Duckett's Grove6.09km from Castledermot Round Tower and St. James' Church

Duckett's Grove was originally a three-storey over basement Georgian country house built circa 1745.The interior of the house was destroyed by a major fire in the 1930s and is now inaccessible. Even in ruin, the surviving towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds form a romantic profile making it one of the most photogenic historic buildings in the country and a castle in Ireland to visit.

Brownshill Portal Tomb (Dolmen)
Brownshill Portal Tomb (Dolmen)8.68km from Castledermot Round Tower and St. James' Church

It is classified as a portal tomb by archaeologists and there are approximately 174 of these monuments in the country. The tombs generally consist of two large portal-stones defining the entrance and a back-stone, all of which support the cap-stone. The tomb is listed as a National Monument. Known as the Kernanstown Cromlech, sometimes spelled as Browneshill Dolmen, it is sited on the former estate house of the Browne family from which it takes its name.

Baltinglass Abbey
Baltinglass Abbey9.15km from Castledermot Round Tower and St. James' Church

The Abbey is situated on the east bank of the River Slaney on the North side of Baltinglass town.The Abbey was founded in 1148 by Dermot McMurrogh. Dermot McMurrogh brought Cistercian monks from Mellifont. It was established for the Cistercians which was called “The Valley of Salvation”.The six beautiful Gothic arches on either side of the nave, supported by alternate round and square pillars, are a noteworthy feature of the ruins.

County Carlow Military Museum
County Carlow Military Museum9.75km from Castledermot Round Tower and St. James' Church

A majestic military museum housed in a late 19th century Church in Carlow Town. The museum has a wide range of exhibits relating to Carlow's military history. A large proportion of the museum's collections comprises material related to the Irish Defence Forces, with a number of uniforms displayed from the Defence Forces starting from the foundation of the state and ending with uniforms currently in use.

Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary10.26km from Castledermot Round Tower and St. James' Church

The Cathedral of the Assumption is both the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin and the parish church for the cathedral parish. Located in Carlow town, the cathedral was dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1833. It is known for its beautifully detailed 151 ft spire which is one of the highest points in the town.

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County Kildare is a county in Ireland. It is located in the province of Leinster and is part of the Mid-East Region. It is the eighth largest of Leinster's twelve counties in size, and second largest in terms of population.

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