Tullaherin is a townland and parish in County Kilkenny, Ireland.

It is the site of a round tower, an 11th-13th century ruined church and two ogham stones.

The tower stands 22.5 m high and was probably built in the 11th century. The cap is missing and the top 3 m are a second phase of masonry. It is reported that the tower was struck by lightning in 1121. Most probably it was after this date that the top was rebuilt on the same principle as Clonmacnoise with eight windows instead of the usual four.[1]

The present church at Tullaherin was built about 1840.[2][note 1] The Tullaherin Folk Museum can be viewed at the old parochial residence. The museum was established by Duchas - Tullaherin Heritage Society - in 1981.[4]


  1. "The church being dedicated to St. Kieran, the name, Tullaherin, was generally supposed to signify the height of Kieran; but it was sometimes pronounced and spelled Tullaherim, which would mean the dry hill, a term certainly descriptive of its peculiar situation, it being elevated ground nearly surrounded by a marsh."[3]


  1. Brian Lalor: The Irish Round Tower: origins and architecture explored. Page 175. Collins Press 1999. ISBN 1-898256-64-0
  2. In the Shadow of the Steeple - No.1 Pg 9 (out of print)
  3. "JOURNAL Vol. 3: by Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland." Originally published 1857. Published by Forgotten Books 2013. PIBN 1000746047. Page 87.
  4. http://www.discoverireland.ie/Search-Results/Details.aspx?touristItemID=7235


  • Edward J. Law: Round tower, in: Old Kilkenny Review 2002, pp. 16-17.
  • May Sparks: Tullaherin, in: Old Kilkenny Review 1953, pp. 47-49.

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