Let's see if we can get back to normal this Friday after all the excitement of the last few days. We are off to County Kildare to have a look at Allen Tower. I wager it is close to a railway given this is from the O'Dea collection. All contributions welcome.
Today's contributors note that this tower is atop the Hill of Allen
in Kildare. While associated with the legends of the Fianna, the topography of the hill was much changed through quarrying in the 20th century. The hill-top tower remains however
, and was built in 1859 by Gerald George Aylmer (Aylmer Baronet of Donadea
) in "remembrance of God’s mercies, many and great". Each step is inscribed with the names of those who aided in its construction. One wonders what they would make of the drone view video
of the site today....
Photographer: James P. O'Dea
Collection:James P. O'Dea
NLI Ref.: ODEA 3/52
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons