Clondalkin Round Tower
The Round Tower at Clondalkin Village, built on the site of a monastery founded by St. Mochua in the 7th century, is one of four remaining Towers in County Dublin. Thought to have been built around 790 A.D. the Tower stands at 27.5 metres high and still has its original cap and is thought to be the most slender of all the Round Towers in Ireland.
Building of a visitor centre incorporating a shop, café, terraced dining area, public garden and exhibition and gallery spaces is ongoing, with an anticipated completion date of summer 2017. The entrance to the centre will be from a new public plaza on Tower Road and the café area will have an external terrace enjoying views of the 7th century Round Tower.
The permanent exhibition can be enjoyed through 8 distinctive themed spaces of the refurbished 19th century Mill Cottages and brings to life the monastic setting, the Viking legacy, the 19th and early 20th century setting of Clondalkin, a busy Dublin Village, as well as exploring the role that Round Towers performed both socially and politically in Ireland. The exhibition will also illustrate the urban development of Clondalkin, its people and stories over the last 1,200 years
The Visitor Centre location close to Corkagh Park, the Grand Canal Greenway and Áras Chrónáin Irish Cultural Centre should meet the need for new and different heritage experiences beyond the City Centre and close to the natural outdoors of Dublin in South Dublin County.
The overall offering will enrich the County heritage experience, which is already home to St.Endas/Pearse Museum and Rathfarnham Castle, which reopened to the public in October 2015, and offer insights into other chapters of Irish history from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Download information about Clondalkin’s Story.
- Historic Tour
The Café will be open to the public in June 2017.
Free car parking is available at the nearby Mill Centre. Coach parking is available at the nearby Clondalkin Leisure Centre.