The founder of Drumlane is believed to be Saint Colmcille.

Overlooking Garfinny Lough, the Abbey, Church and Round Tower believed to have been founded by St. Colmcille, date back to 555 AD. Originally wooden buildings, these were replaced by stone in the 12th Century, and later added to in the 15th Century. Different types of stone were used in each century, which can clearly be seen when viewing the Round Tower. Towers were erected between the 5th and 13th centuries and are of Christian and ecclesiastical origin. They served as belfries and security for secret utensils, books, relics and other valuables in case of sudden attack. The entrance to the tower is about 9 feet from the ground. Breath-taking views over the lake, along with the peaceful countryside, make this site a wonderful natural retreat.

  • From early Christian times (6th Century)
  • Medieval battle site
  • Nearby holy wells and mass graves

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Useful Information

Parking available on site

Getting There

Located just outside the village of Milltown

Map Location: 54.058303, -7.479088
Contact Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower

Milltown, Co. Cavan, Ireland

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