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Aughinish Martello Tower

County Clare

Aughinish Tower.JPG
Aughinish Tower
Type: Martello tower
Location: 53°10’7"N, 9°4’0"W
Village: Aughinish
Built 1812-1816
Owned by: private

Aughinish Tower is a Martello tower at Aughinish, County Clare.[1][2] It was built as a signal and gun tower to defend Ireland against invasion by the French during the Napoleonic Wars.

Location of the Martello Tower near the shoreline of Aughinish

The tower's construction dates back to March 1811 when six acres of land for the site was purchased from a Major Lynch. While the Aughinish Tower is the same design as the Finavarra Tower, its small ordnance storage building no longer exists. This structure was previously recorded as being located just west of the tower. The tower itself had accommodation for one officer and thirty-nine men on the first floor. It also contained a basement water tank, a magazine, cellar and store at ground level.[3] An original twenty four pound cannon was still in place until 1992.[4]

It is used as a private residence, with a steel stairway erected and secured to the outside of the tower.


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