Lynch is a surname of English and Irish origin. Derived from the Norman-French de Lench and Kentish hlinc, the Lynch family originate at Cranbrook, Kent and - from Tudor times - were seated at The Groves in the village of Staple near Canterbury in Kent, their Coat of Arms consist of Three Lynxes Rampant and most of the family are buried at the Lynch Chancel in Staple Parish Church. Notable members of this family include: MP for Sandwich The Right Hon. Simon Lynch of Staple, Governor of British Jamaica Sir Thomas Lynch, High Sheriff of Kent Colonel John Lynch of Staple, Royal chaplain & Dean/Archdeacon of Canterbury Cathedral The Very Rev. Dr. John Lynch, The Reverend. George Lynch MA of Lympne in Kent, diplomat & MP for Canterbury The Right Hon. Sir William Lynch of Staple. Members of this family were Army officers, civil servants and City bankers who settled at Hythe, Kent. There are several different unrelated Irish families of which Lynch is the Anglicized form of including: Ó Loingsigh, meaning "descendant of Loingseach", Anglicized as Lynchy and Lindsey.
Their chiefs were lords of the kingdom of Dál Riata in north-eastern Ulster during the 11th century. Mac Loingsigh – Clynch, Mac Glinchy, MacClintock, McClinton Mac Loingseacháin – Lynchseanaun, Lynch de Lench, an Anglo-Norman name, which became ones of the Tribes of Galway, it is this wealthy landowning line. Coat of arms recorded among the heraldic offices in Dublin and London include that of Lynch of Galway: Blazon: Azure a chevron between three trefoils slipt or. Crest: A lynx passant azure collared or. Motto: Semper Fidelis, a Latin phrase meaning "always faithful". List of people with the surname Lynch Cruithin Kings of Dál nAraidi Lynch leaders of Galway Genealogy from 17th century Spanish university mentioning Lynch links between Galway and Meath
Connacht spelled Connaught, is one of the provinces of Ireland, in the west of the country. Up to the 9th century it consisted of several independent major kingdoms. Between the reigns of Conchobar mac Taidg Mór and his descendant, Aedh mac Ruaidri Ó Conchobair, it became a kingdom under the rule of the Uí Briúin Aí dynasty, whose ruling sept adopted the surname Ua Conchobair. At its greatest extent, it incorporated the independent Kingdom of Breifne, as well as vassalage from the lordships of western Mide and west Leinster. Two of its greatest kings, Tairrdelbach Ua Conchobair and his son Ruaidri Ua Conchobair expanded the kingdom's dominance, so much so that both became Kings of Ireland; the Kingdom of Connacht collapsed in the 1230s because of civil war within the royal dynasty, which enabled widespread Anglo-Irish settlement under Richard Mór de Burgh, 1st Baron of Connaught, his successors. The English colony in Connacht shrank from c. 1300-c. 1360, with events such as the 1307 battle of Ahascragh, the 1316 Second Battle of Athenry and the murder in June 1333 of William Donn de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster, all leading to Gaelic resurgence and colonial withdrawal to towns such as Ballinrobe, Loughrea and Galway.
Well into the 16th-century kingdoms such as Uí Maine and Tír Fhíacrach Múaidhe remained beyond English rule, while many Anglo-Irish families such as de Burgh, de Bermingham, de Exeter, de Staunton, became Gaelicised. Only in the late 1500s, during the Tudor conquest of Ireland, was Connacht shired into its present counties; the province of Connacht has the highest number of Irish language speakers among the four Irish provinces. The total percentage of people who consider themselves as Irish speakers in Connacht is 39.8%. There are Gaeltacht areas in Counties Mayo; the province of Connacht has no official function for local government purposes, but it is an recognised subdivision of the Irish state. It is listed on ISO-3166-2 as one of the four provinces of Ireland and "IE-C" is attributed to Connacht as its country sub-division code. Along with counties from other provinces, Connacht lies in the Midlands–North-West constituency for elections to the European Parliament; the name comes from the medieval ruling dynasty, the Connacht Connachta, whose name means "descendants of Conn", from the mythical king Conn of the Hundred Battles.
Connacht was a singular collective noun, but it came to be used only in the plural Connachta by analogy with plural names of other dynastic territories like Ulaid and Laigin, because the Connachta split into different branches. Before the Connachta dynasty, the province was known as Cóiced Ol nEchmacht. In Modern Irish, the province is called Cúige Chonnacht, "the Province of Connacht", where Chonnacht is plural genitive case with lenition of the C to Ch; the usual English spelling in Ireland since the Gaelic revival is Connacht, the spelling of the disused Irish singular. The official English spelling during English and British rule was the anglicisation Connaught, pronounced or; this was used for the Connaught Rangers in the British Army. Usage of the Connaught spelling is now in decline. State bodies use Connacht, for example in Central Statistics Office census reports since 1926, the name of the Connacht–Ulster European Parliament constituency of 1979–2004, although Connaught occurs in some statutes.
Among newspapers, the Connaught Telegraph retains the anglicised spelling in its name, whereas the Connacht Tribune uses the Gaelic. Connacht Rugby who represent the region and are based in Galway, use the Gaelic spelling also; the Irish language is spoken in the Gaeltacht areas of Counties Mayo and Galway, the largest being in the west of County Galway. The Galway Gaeltacht is the largest Irish-speaking region in Ireland covering Cois Fharraige, parts of Connemara, Conamara Theas, Aran Islands, Dúithche Sheoigeach and Galway City Gaeltacht. Irish-speaking areas in County Mayo can be found in Iorras and Tourmakeady. According to the 2016 census Irish is spoken outside of the education system on a daily basis by 9,455 people in the Galway County Gaeltacht areas. There are 202,667 Irish speakers in the province, over 84,000 in Galway and more than 55,000 in Mayo. There is the 4,265 attending the 18 Gaelscoileanna and three Gaelcholáiste outside the Gaeltacht across the province. Between 7% and 10% of the province are either native Irish speakers from the Gaeltacht, in Irish medium education or native Irish speakers who no longer live in Gaeltacht areas but still live in the province.
The province is divided into five counties: Galway, Mayo and Sligo. Connacht is the smallest of the four Irish provinces, with a population of 550,742. Galway is the only official city in the province; the highest point of Connacht is Mweelrea, in County Mayo. The largest island in Connacht is Achill; the biggest lake is Lough Corrib. Much of the west coast is not conducive for agriculture, it contains the main mountainous areas in Connacht, including the Twelve Bens, Mweelrea, Croagh Patrick, Nephin Beg, Ox Mountains, Dartry Mountains. Killary Harbour, Ireland's only true fjord, is located at the foot of Mweelrea. Connemara National Park is in County Galway; the Aran Islands, featuring pre
Carra, County Mayo
Carra is one of the nine baronies of County Mayo in Ireland, located in the mid-south area of the county. It is sometimes known as Burriscarra, it incorporates the town of Castlebar, the villages of Tourmakeady and Turlough, where the National Museum of Country Life is situated. Cara covers an area from Pontoon and Beltra Lough at its northern end to Partry near Ballinrobe and Tourmakeady at its southern end. Clans in the barony include the Partraige, O'Culachain was a sept of the Ui Fiachrach Muaidne and O'Gormog who once served as chiefs of the Ui Fiachrach; the Murrays, Ó Móráin, O'Learghusa and O'Tierney families were family clans of the barony of Carra. Carra can refer to a small village located two miles from Bonniconlon and eight miles from Ballina part of the Bonniconlon parish in the Achonry Diocese in the barony of Gallen, County Mayo, near the Mayo/Sligo border. At the heart of the community is the local Carra National School; this is a three teacher school with a current enrolment of 43 pupils.
Moore Hall, the home place of George Henry Moore and his family from 1795 until 1923 is situated in this Barony. There were many prominent Moores born in Moore Hall including George Moore; the house, situated above the shores of Lough Carra was burnt in the troubles of 1923 by the IRA. The house is not open to the public never having been refurbished since it was destroyed but the estate, owned by Coillte now, is a pleasant place for walkers, overlooking Lough Carra; this Museum of Country Life is one of the National Museums of Ireland and situated just off the main road to Castlebar from the east. AI1032.8 Ua Fogartaig, king of the men of Cera, died. Moore Hall Moore Hall house Lough Carra Moore Hall estate farm
Dowling is an Irish surname. It is an anglicised form representing two unrelated clans: 1 - Ó Dúnlaing, noted as one of the seven septs of County Laois, the ancestral home called Fearann ua n-Dúnlaing; the Irish form of the name is Ó Dúnlaing or Uí Dhúnlaing. 2 - Ó Dubhlainn, a minor family of County Galway, represented by Richard William Dowling, American Confederate officer. Alexandra Dowling, English actress Ann Dowling, British mechanical engineer Austin Dowling, American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church Bairbre Dowling, Irish actress Brian Dowling, multiple people, including: Brian Dowling, Irish television presenter Brian Dowling, American football player Brian Dowling, Irish hurler Bridget Dowling, Irish sister-in-law of Adolf Hitler Camila Vallejo Dowling, Chilean deputy congresswoman Constance Dowling, American model and actress Dereck Dowling, South African cricketer Dick Dowling, Irish politician Eddie Dowling, American actor and producer Edward J. Dowling, New York politician Garry Dowling, Australian rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 1980s Gerard Dowling, Australian cricketer Graham Dowling, New Zealand cricketer of the 1960s and 1970s Greg Dowling, Australian rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s Sir James Dowling, English-born Australian jurist Jerry Dowling, American cartoonist Jim Dowling, Australian Catholic activist Joan Dowling, English character actress Joe Dowling, American theater director John Dowling, multiple people Jonathan Dowling, Irish-American quantum physicist Kevin Dowling, multiple people, including: Kevin Dowling, South African Roman Catholic bishop Kevin Dowling, English darts player Kevin Dowling, American film and television director and producer Lesley Rae Dowling, South African singer Levi H. Dowling, American preacher and author Meghan L. Dowling, American writer Otto Dowling, American Navy Captain and Governor of American Samoa Richard Dowling, multiple people, including: Richard W. Dowling, Confederate officer in American Civil War Richard Dowling, Irish novelist Roy Dowling, Australian naval admiral Seán Dowling, Irish hurler Shane Dowling, Irish politician Terry Dowling, Australian writer Tom Dowling, multiple people Vera Strodl Dowling )1918-2015), Danish pilot Victor J. Dowling, American judge and politician Vincent Dowling, Irish actor and director William Dowling, multiple people The Surnames of Ireland, Edward McLysaght, Dublin, 1978 The Dowlings or Doolans of Carricknaughton, Eamonn Dowling, Journal of the Irish Family History Society, volume 25, pp. 93–96, 2009 Gaelic Personal Names, Ó Corráin, D. & Maguire, F. Dublin, 1980.
Republished as Irish Names, Dublin. Lilliput, 1990 An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge & an tAinmneoir, Ó Droighneáin, M. & Ó Murchú, M. A. Dublin, 1991
Dál nAraidi or Dál Araide was a Cruthin kingdom, or a confederation of Cruthin tribes, in north-eastern Ireland during the Middle Ages. It was part of the over-kingdom of Ulaid, its kings contended with the Dál Fiatach for the over-kingship of the province. At its greatest extent, the borders of Dál nAraidi match those of County Antrim, they seem to occupy the same area as the earlier Robogdii of Ptolemy's Geography, a region shared with Dál Riata, their capital was Ráth Mór outside Antrim, their eponymous ancestor is claimed as being Fiachu Araide. Dál nAraidi was centered on the northern shores of Lough Neagh in southern County Antrim. Dál nAraidi was one of the more prominent sub-kingdoms of Ulaid, with its kings contending with the Dál Fiatach for the over-kingship of the province for some centuries. To the north of Dál nAraidi in County Antrim lay the Dál Riata, the boundary between, marked out by the River Bush to Dál Riata's west, the southern boundary running from Ravel Water to just north of Glynn on the east Antrim coast.
In the mid-7th century the Dál nAraidi of Magh Line, ruled by the Uí Chóelbad dynasty, conquered Eilne to their north-west and a branch of their dynasty seems to have settled there. This branch of the Uí Chóelbad descended from Fiachra Cáech, brother of Fiachnae Lurgan, king of Dál nAraidi and over-king of Ulaid. Dungal Eilni, great-grandson of Fiachra Cáech and king of Dál nAraidi, was the first of this branch to be based in Eilne, however in 681 was killed at Dún Ceithern; this branch of the Magh Line Dál nAraidi became known as the Dál nAraidi in Tuaiscirt and Dál nAraidi Mag nEilne. The first reference to Dál nAraidi in Tuaiscirt can be found in the Annals of Ulster under the year 824. Between 646 and 792, the Dál nAraidi in Tuaiscirt held the overkingship of Dál nAraidi seven times, with two of that number becoming overkings of Ulaid. Cathussach mac Ailello, king of Eilne and Dál nAraidi, claimed as having ruled the over-kingdom of Ulaid for sixteen years, was killed at Ráith Beithech in 749.
Eochaid mac Bressal, who died in 832, was the last known king of the Dál nAraidi in Tuaiscirt to hold the over-kingship of the Dál nAraidi. The last known king of Dál nAraidi in Tuaiscirt is recorded in 883; the church of Cuil Raithin on the shore of the River Bann lay in Eilne and was said to have been founded by Cairbre, who subsequently became its bishop. According to the Tripartite Life of St. Patrick, written in the 9th century, the Dál nAraidi had granted this church to Saint Patrick; the Airgíallan dynasty of Uí Tuirtrí that lay west of the River Bann had been active east of it from as early as 776, by the 10th century had taken control of Eilne. Dál nAraidi in Tuaiscirt is said to have corresponded to the baronies of Dunluce Lower and North East Liberties of Coleraine, appears to correspond to the trícha cét of An Tuaiscert, it became an Anglo-Norman cantred called Twescard, which would absorb the cantred of Dalrede, with these two combined cantreds forming the basis for the rural deanery of Twescard.
A sub-division of in Tuaiscirt called Cuil an Tuaiscirt, meaning the "nook/corner" of Dál nAraidi in Tuaiscirt, was located in the north-west of the petty-kingdom near Coleraine. Its territory would form the basis of the barony of North East Liberties of Coleraine; the Dál nAraidi Magh Line, or the Dál nAraidi of Moylinny was the predominant dynasty of the Dál nAraidi. It was centered with Ráith Mór its royal seat. In the 10th century they are counted as one of twelve tuatha of Ulaid. Line may represent the name of an original population grouping, it was known as Mocu Aridi. Their territory at its height spanned southern County Antrim and northern County Down containing the tuatha of Magh Line, Dál mBuinne, Dál Sailni, it was known as Trian Congaill, meaning the "third of Congal Claen", became an alias for the territory of Clandeboye, named as such after the Clandeboye O'Neill's who conquered the area in the late 14th century. By the 10th century Dál mBuinne was counted amongst the twelve tuatha of Ulaid.
After the Viking era, Dál Sailni and its church at Connor, the principle church of Dál nAraidi was lost to the encroaching Uí Tuirtri. The royal seat of the Dál nAraidi Magh Line was Ráith Mór, located near Lough Neagh in the civil parish of Donegore, it is first recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters under the date 680 as Ratha moiré Maighe Line. Neighbouring Ráith Mór was Ráith Beag, is attested location where Áed Dub mac Suibni, king of Dál nAraidi and Ulaid, killed High King Diarmait mac Cerbaill in 565. By the 16th century Ráith Mór became known as Ráth Mór Mag Ullin, meaning "great fort of the MacQuillans", was burnt to the ground by Art mac Hugh O'Neill in 1513 after which it was never restored. Cráeb Telcha linked to modern-day Crew Hill near Glenavy, was the inauguration site of the Dál Fiatach kings of Ulaid, however it appears to have been the same for the Dál nAraidi prior to the 9th-century contraction of their territory. By the late 8th century, Dál Fiatach expansion had cut off the County Antrim and Down branches of the Cruthin from each other.
As a result, the County Down branch consolidated into the kingdom of the Uí Echach Cobo, based at Magh Cobo, "the plain of Cobo". They were styled as kings of Cuib. According to the medieval genealogies they are desc
Loughrea is a town in County Galway, Ireland. The town lies to the north of a range of wooded hills, the Slieve Aughty Mountains, the lake from which it takes its name; the town is famous for its cathedral which dominates the town's skyline. The town has increased in population in the late early 21st centuries. Although the town serves as a commuter town for the city of Galway, it retains its vibrancy as an independent market town; the town takes its name from Loch Riach. The lake's Irish name is used in the name of the local Irish-language multi-faith primary school: Gaelscoil Riabhach; the town is located within an area, called Trícha Máenmaige. The town is located within an area, called Trícha Máenmaige; this area was under the control of Ui Fhiachrach Fionn, by the Uí Maine. The area contains many examples of Early-Christian settlements; the town was founded in 1236 by Richard de Burgo, an Anglo-Norman knight who built a castle along an ancient route between the River Shannon and the west coast.
Today the remains of the medieval town wall, medieval priory, moat and a town gate are all still to be seen. The De Burgo family adopted Irish names and customs and assumed the role of chieftains in the following centuries until 1543 when Ulick "Bourck, alias Mac William," surrendered his lands to Henry VIII, receiving it back to hold, by English custom, with his new title, the Earl of Clanricarde. By the 1700s Loughrea was a regional garrison town. Loughrea was at the centre of the Gaelic Revival towards the end of the nineteenth century; the various elements of this revival in the town included Celtic-Revival Art, the Irish Literary Revival, Gaelic Athletics and the Irish language revival. Due to its strong garrison town tradition there was little support for the 1916 rebellion in Dublin though some locals supported the local rising in Galway. However, there were Irish Volunteers in Loughrea, they were called the Loughrea Battalion of Irish Volunteers. They didn't do much fighting but they did protect the local Sinn Féin Club members.
The leaders of the local Sinn Féin Club were arrested. The results of the 1918 General Election gave victory to Liam Mellows for Sinn Féin in Galway East and saw the defeat of the local Irish Party candidate; the period from 1920 until 1960 saw Loughrea maintaining its role as a market town. The town is the cathedral town of the Roman Catholic diocese of Clonfert and the twentieth century saw a number of large scale religious events; the 1960s brought industrial developments such as the development of the Tynagh Mines. Loughrea was traditionally a farming town that cut its industrial teeth with the Tynagh mines, 10 km to the east. There is now a gas powered electricity power station on the site of the mines; as well as being a dormitory town for Galway, Loughrea now hosts a number of pharmaceutical and data-processing industries. Loughrea's tourist infrastructure is supported by several hotels, a country resort, as well as many bed-and-breakfasts, coffee-shops and pubs; the Cathedral of St. Brendan on the lakeshore, in the town centre, is considered an important repository of Celtic-revival art and architecture in Ireland.
St. Brendan's Catholic Cathedral was completed five years later, its double transepts are an unusual architectural feature. It contains some fine internal decoration. Spring-fed, Loughrea Lake overlooked by Knockash is popular for brown trout and perch fishing. However, there are rudd, brook lamprey, three-spined stickleback, nine-spined stickleback and eels in the Lake; the lake is home to many waterbirds. Migratory species from Europe live at the lake during the winters, it provides nesting grounds for other species during the summer; the lake is listed as a site of international importance for the shoveller and a site of national importance for the coot and tufted duck. In addition it is used for water sports and swimming. Behind the Loughrea boathouse are the remains of an old crannog; the Loughrea dwellers of another time would have sought protection from raiders by living in the comparative security provided by the lake. Loughrea is connected to the M6 Dublin-Galway motorway via the N65; the town was served by the Midland Great Western Railway and a railway branch from Attymon Junction, in use until 1975.
This line was Ireland's last operational rural railway branch line, having outlasted most other country railway lines of this type by 10–20 years, surviving to have diesel trains used on it. The link road from the Ballinasloe - Galway motorway to Loughrea removed most of the remains of the original track bed. Loughrea railway station opened on 1 December 1890 and closed on 3 November 1975. Loughrea GAA Club were Galway Senior Hurling Championship the management including Pat O Conner and Mick Kelly and 2006 Connacht Hurling champions, they reached the 2007 All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship final, but lost out to Ballyhale Shamrocks. Loughrea has a Rugby Club, a Soccer Club, a Gaelic Football Club, an 18-hole golf course, a Cycling Club and an Athletic Club. Loughrea cricket club is one of the leading clubs in Connacht and is captained by local man Matthew Kearns. Actor Kiefer Sutherland has an affection for the town, twice visiting family as a young boy and is said to have been amazed at the skill of the players down at the handball alley.
Each year, in October, the town plays host to the BAFFLE Inter
The monastery of Clonmacnoise (Cluain Mhic Nóis in Irish, meaning "Meadow of the Sons of Nós", is situated in County Offaly, Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone. Clonmacnoise was founded in 544 by St. Ciarán, a young man from Rathcroghan, County Roscommon.. Until the 9th century it had close associations with the kings of Connacht; the strategic location of the monastery helped it become a major centre of religion, learning and trade by the 9th century and together with Clonard it was the most famous in Ireland, visited by scholars from all over Europe. From the ninth until the eleventh century it was allied with the kings of Meath. Many of the high kings of Tara and Connacht were buried here; the preserved ruin is managed by the Office of Public Works. An Interpretive Centre is open to the public, the graveyard is in use and religious services are held in a modern chapel. Shortly after his arrival with seven companions – at the point where the major east–west land route through the bogs of central Ireland along the Eiscir Riada, an esker left by the receding glaciers of the last ice age crossed the River Shannon – Saint Ciarán met Diarmait Uí Cerbaill who helped him build the first church at the site.
This was the first of many small churches to be clustered on the site. Diarmuid was to be the first Christian crowned High King of Ireland. In September 549, not yet thirty-three years of age, Ciarán died of a plague, was buried under the original wooden church, now the site of the 9th-century stone oratory, Temple Ciarán. According to Adomnan of Iona, who referenced the testimony of earlier abbots of Iona who had known Columba, St Columba visited the monastery at Clonmacnoise during the time when he was founding the monastery at Durrow. While he was there he prophesied about the future debates in the churches of Ireland about the dating of Easter and claimed that angels had visited the monastery at Clonmacnoise. While he was there, there was a young monk named Ernéne mac Craséni who tried to touch Columba's clothes while Columba was not looking, but the saint noticed and grabbed the boy by the neck, told him to open his mouth and he blessed him, saying that he would teach the doctrine of salvation.
Towards the close of the seventh century a plague carried off a large number of its students and professors. Clonmacnoise's period of greatest growth came between the 12th centuries, it was attacked during these four centuries the Irish, the Vikings and Normans. The early wooden buildings began to be replaced by more durable stone structures in the 9th century, the original population of fewer than ten men grew to 1,500 to 2,000 by the 11th century. Although the site was based around a core of churches, crosses and ecclesiastical dwellings and workshops, it would have been surrounded by the houses and streets of a larger secular community, the metalworkers and farmers who supported the monastic clergy and their students. Artisans associated with the site created some of the most beautiful and enduring artworks in metal and stone seen in Ireland, with the Clonmacnoise Crozier and the Cross of the Scriptures representing the apex of their efforts; the Book of the Dun Cow a vellum manuscript dating to the 12th century, was written here and its main compiler, Máel Muire mac Céilechair meic Cuinn na mBocht reputedly murdered in a Viking raid in 1106.
By the 12th century Clonmacnoise began to decline. The reasons were varied, but without doubt the most debilitating factor was the growth of the town of Athlone to the north of the site from the late-12th century. Athlone became the main trading town for the midlands of Ireland, the most popular route for crossing the Shannon, as well as the best-defended settlement in the region. People migrated north from Clonmacnoise to Athlone, with the fall in population went much of the support that the site needed to survive, former allies began to recognise the decline in the site's influence; the influx of continental religious orders such as the Franciscans, Benedictines, etc. around the same time fed into this decline as numerous competing sites began to crop up. Ireland's move from a monastic framework to a diocesan one in the twelfth century diminished the site's religious standing, as it was designated the seat of a small and impoverished diocese. In 1552 the English garrison at Athlone destroyed and looted Clonmacnoise for the final time, leaving it in ruins.
The monastery ruins were one of the stops on the itinerary of Pope John Paul II during his visit to Ireland in 1979. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of Early Christian graveslabs. Most of the churches have undergone comprehensive conservation works re-pointing, with the Nun's Church under wraps while it too undergoes the same process. O'Rourke's Tower: Though named O'Rourkes' Tower, after 10th-century Connacht king Fergal O'Rourke, the Chronicum Scotorum records that it was finished in 1124 by Turlough O'Connor, king of Connacht, Gilla Christ Ua Maoileoin, abbot of Clonmacnoise. 11 years it was struck by lightning which knocked off the head of the tower. The upper part of the tower is work, so there is some speculation that the masonry thus toppled in the storm of 1135 may have been reused in the building of McCarthy's Tower. Temple Finghín & McCarthy's Tower: Romanesque church and round tower – 12th century.
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