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Did A Bell Ever Ring Out Over Ardmore Bay?

For any visitor to Ardmore, there’s a historic presence forever in your heart.

And, there’s no better way to understand the past than by walking around the historic sites of Ardmore.

Most visitors sonon find that no structure strikes more of a chord with visitors than the Round Tower of Ardmore. Especially, as it looms large over the skyline of this wonderful village.

Many have also pondered on what was the purpose of the Tower? And, some have even speculated whether there used to be anything contained within the Tower.

For example, in the Tour In Ireland, (1806) printed By William Savage, Bedford Burt there is some additional discussion on whether there was a bell in the tower.

The same author observes, in his History of Waterford, “that the Round
 Tower at Ardmore, had been evidently used as a belfry, as a part of the oak beam remained 
from which the bell was suspended; and that 
two channels were cut in the cill of the door,
 where the rope came out; and thus the bell was
 sounded by the ringer, who stood below on the
outside of the doorway.”

In the first volume of the English Archaeologia, is a dissertation, (with a view) on the
 Round Tower of Ardmore, by Peter Collinson, which is little more than a repetition of
the remarks made by Dr. Smith. This paper is
 answered in the second volume of the same 
work, by Owen Salusbury Brereton, Esq.
 who says, “When I lately made the tour of
the south-west parts of Ireland, I saw several 
of these buildings, called usually Penitential
 Towers; not one of them had either belting or 
girting, nor the least sign of their having been 
any room in them, till within ten feet of the 
top: that room had windows exactly facing 
the cardinal points; from thence, downward to
 the entrance, which is about fifteen feet from 
the surface of the ground, only a few slits were
 cut, just to give light to persons going up
 and down stairs.” This author thinks them to 
be of Irish construction, but prior to the use of
 bells.

Round Tower Ardmore

In the History of paganism in Caledonia, with an examination into the influence of Asiatic philosophy, and the gradual development of Christianity in Pictavia by Thomas Alexander Wise (1884) there is further discussion on the Round Tower in Ardmore.

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He continues to discuss other aspects of Towers and ritual:

 

 

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