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Martello Tower Killiney, Dublin

CONTACT:   Niall O'Donoghue ADDRESS:  Killiney Hill Road, Co. Dublin
PHONE:  0872885522 / 012350777 FAX: 
EMAIL:   niall.tower@iol.ie   WEB:  www.photopol.com/martello/no7.html

Martello Tower Killiney Bay

Martello Tower No.7, on Tara Hill, Killiney Bay, is unique, as is its location as an enfilading tower. The Tower is privately owned and has been fully restored, to include a proofed, working King George 3rd Blomefield 18-pounder cannon mounted on a traversing carriage on the crown of the Tower. There is a three-gun battery below the tower, with a glacis. There is also a coach house, artillery store, tool shed, and gunner's cottage, with resident gunner and gunpowder store. The battery, while restored, remains to be armed and the coach house and artillery store still require some restoration.

No. 7 Tower was part of the defences of Killiney Bay against a possible French invasion in the period 1804 to 1815. The other towers and batteries have suffered a variety of fates, but this one was rescued and restored to its original glory and function by Niall O'Donoghue.
The project has been long and meticulous and the finished Tower was inaugurated with much pageantry, including a re-enactment of a musket volley and a blank firing of the cannon.

Watch the video of the cannon being fired here 

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