Timahoe Round Tower

The Midlands

In the tiny, charming village of Timahoe, 12km southeast of Portlaoise, is a tilting 30m-tall, 12th-century round tower with an elaborately carved Romanesque doorway 5m above the ground. Screened by a burbling stream and seemingly straight out of a fairy tale, the tower is part of an ancient site that includes the ruins of a 15th-century church.

The entire place has a certain magical quality, enhanced by a dearth of visitors.

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