Located 3 KMs outside the town is the location of "Old Kilcullen". Here you can visit the remains of the original town that was founded in the 5th Century. There are the remains of a round tower and views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.
Built to remember those who died in the rebellion of 1798.
Dun Ailinne itself is one of four ancient Royal Sites in Ireland - the others are Tara, Eamhain Mhaca, and Cruachan. The site is believed to have been in use for up to 2000 years BCE. Excavations carried on during the 1960s and 70s showed evidence of large timber enclosures that were most likely used for important ceremonial purposes right up to the years before the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. This makes it one of the most important archaeological sites in Leinster. Consisting of 44 hectares, it is surrounded by an impressive ditch with a circumference of 1.45 km.
Dun Ailinne is on private property and is part of a working farm. Hence it is not accessible without the permission of the owners.
The monastery was founded by St. Patrick in the 5th century and the remnants of the High Crosses and Round Tower are indicative of its importance. The vikings attacked twice in 932 and 1114; this threat led to the building of the round tower in the 9th/10th century. A town developed around the monastery with buildings of timber and mud which have since been obliterated by wind and weather. The remains of Round Tower at Old Kilcullen are about 10m high and it has a round-headed doorway.
The top of the tower suffered significant damage in the 1798 rebellion. The village which developed around the edge of the monastery continued to exist until it was destroyed in a battle on 24th May 1798.
Access is free via the small carpark beside the entrance.
A family run pub located across the road from the Old Kilcullen Tower.Opening Hours
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