Timahoe : Round Tower

Grid RefS 536 902
GPSS 53576 90217 (4m)
Longitude7° 12' 9.51" W
Latitude52° 57' 36.36" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownPortlaoise (10.6 Km)
OS Sheet55
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th February 2002

This tower cannot fail to impress. It is a lot more ornate than most I have seen and is still in very good condition. Situated at the rear of a modern church next to the ruins of a much older, larger church the fine condition of this tower seems almost imaginery.

The conical roof is still there and the windows still retain fine stone sills and frames.

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Sunday, 17th February 2008

When I first visited this site all those years ago I didn't really know much about round towers and so I didn't realise how special the Romanesque doorway in this one is. It's been a long time since I was in the area, so I had to come back and take some photos of it.

The doorway is really, really nice. There are four orders of decoration forming the arch above the door. Two of these are set back on the inner edge of the tower wall and separated from the front door frame by a narrow porch. As the doorway is 5m in the air you are always looking up at the decoration, which adds to its loveliness.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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