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Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower

An abbey associated with Saints and Gaelic Lords

Access available during daylight hours

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Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower

An abbey associated with Saints and Gaelic Lords

Access available during daylight hours

See all opening times

Admission

Free Admission

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Near Milltown
Co. Cavan

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Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower

Drumlane Abbey was an important site associated with St. Aidan or Maedhóg. The round tower and medieval church are the remaining structures still existing today. The round tower dates back to the 11th or 12th century, and the church that previously stood on site was replaced by a medieval building.

According to local legend, it is said that the bell from the original church can be heard ringing, every few years, from the bottom of the Drumlane Lake.

Drumlane acted as the burial place for the O’Reilly’s – the local Gaelic Lords – and the remains of the tomb niches date back to the late medieval period.

Conservation works on stabilising the eastern gable wall of the church began in 2014 by the OPW, under the inspection of former Senior Conservation Architect Ana Dolan. These extensive works were completed in 2017. See Ana’s article on the conservation work carried out: https://heritageireland.ie/articles/drumlane-abbey-and-round-tower/ 

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This national monument is protected in accordance with the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014

Opening Times

Access available during daylight hours

Notice

Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower is a state-owned free National Monument in the care of the Office of Public Works

Contact

Near Milltown
Co. Cavan

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Facilities

  • Car park

Restrictions

  • Appropriate footwear
  • No toilet facilities

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