Round Tower at Roscrea

View of Roscrea. A ruined round tower is on the left-hand side, behind a wall, and on the right a Romanesque doorway of an older abbey has been incorporated in a contemporary church. A figure is on the street that passes between the two buildings. Before him are a cow and several sheep. A group of people is on the street, beyond the church.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Wood engravings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Cities and towns, Rural life
Geographical Location
  • Roscrea - Town or city
  • Tipperary - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Buildings, Churches, Doors & Doorways, Houses, Livestock, People, Round towers, Ruins, Sheep, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 7 cm x 5.1 cm
Published / created 1847

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account A summer visit to Ireland in 1846
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 158
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 9141
Alternative source

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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Roscrea is a dark, dilapidated town, with a horrible pavement, all round stones and mud. It lies between Slieve Bloom and the Devil's Bit, and is watered by the Brosna. I noticed the ruins of one of King John's many castles; and that of the Butlers, a fine remnant of antiquity, commands the town. Just above the posting-house, I perceived the ruins of a fine old gateway of that very beautiful // architecture so common in Irish ecclesiastical structures, with the pointed arch and chevron moulding. It forms a portion of the ancient abbey, which has been converted into the present church. Exactly opposite to it stands the Round Tower. This was what I had come some miles out of the direct road to look at, so I got out of the carriage and pattered up the wet street to take a nearer survey. The people were rude, and would hardly make way for me to pass; I thought want had hardened their hearts, poor souls! It is quite hemmed in by habitations of one sort or another, so as to present a very imperfect view from the street; but in crossing the bridge as we left Roscrea, I looked back and gained a good view of it, with its triangular topped window, and the door whose, remarkable double hinge is noticed by Petrie. Behind it the castle rose very proudly; this is used as a barrack. The Brosna flows past the base of the Round Tower, and altogether it forms a curious and pretty picture. [pp. 158-159]
Round Tower at Roscrea