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Fortifications in the Shannon Estuary and Galway Bay by Paul M. Kerrigan

Fortifications in Galway Bay: Rosaveel Tower, Cashla Bay

Situated on the east side of Cashla Bay, this tower of elliptical plan most probably mounted one gun, or possibly two revolving about the same pivot. Cashla Bay is the nearest sheltered landing place on the north side of the bay to Galway, some twenty miles to the east. The Rosaveel tower is unusual in its profile, the battered wall surface changing to a vertical profile at the roof level without a masonry string course.

Rossaveel Martello tower, Cashla Bay
Rossaveel Martello tower, Cashla Bay

The mid-nineteenth-century records indicate a garrison of one officer and thirty soldiers. Constructed of regular ashlar masonry like the two towers on the south shore of Galway Bay, it is in a reasonable condition except that part of the parapet has been removed.[11]


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