Irish round towers irish cloigtheach singular cloigthithe plural literally bell house are early mediaeval stone towers of a type found mainly in ireland with two in scotland and one on the isle of manas their name cloigtheach indicates they were originally bell towers though they may have been later used for additional purposes . The irish word for a round tower is cloigtheach literally the house of the bell and the now lonely looking towers were likely used as belfries attached to or facing churchesthe complete towers are usually topped with conical roofs and bell tests from the top levels prove that the sound would have carried well if bells really once rang here. Writing of the dimensions of the towers in his book irish round towers lennox barrow states it is remarkable how little the main dimensions vary in the great majority of towers the circumference at the base lies between 14 meters and 17 meters and the thickness of the wall at the lowest point at which it can be measured varies from 09
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