Seapoint Martello Tower

The Martello Tower at Seapoint is open to public this summer. A unique story told in a unique location.

All you need to know:

  • FREE Tours every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (till 6th September 2015)
  • Hourly from 2pm – 5pm, tours on the hour
  • Duration 45 mins
  • Max capacity 15 people
  • This is an indoor and outdoor event
  • You can get here by Dart (Salthill & Monkstown) from city centre

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Martello Towers – what are they?

There are 30 Martello Towers on the East Coast of Ireland. There are some more around the country in county Kerry and county Cork. The one in Seapoint is referred to as Tower No. 14.

Fear of an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte reached panic proportions among the authorities in Ireland and England in 1804 and was the reason Martello Towers were built, first in Ireland and then in England. Their purpose was to provide what were, in those days, ‘bombproof’ towers from which fire could be directed at ships of the hourly expected French invasion fleet.

The name “Martello” derived from the name of a tower at Mortella point in the gulf of Fiorenzo. The Royalist French along with the Royal Navy, failed to take the tower after attempting to rebel against the Napoleonic French in 1794.  So impressed were the British by the strength of the tower, they suggested that similar towers would be useful in Ireland and England.  However, an error occurred during communication between the sides and the word “Mortella”, was written as “Martello”.

The original Towers from the Napoleonic era are circular in shape, with 2-4 meter thick walls, which were made from solid stone that was all sourced locally. The entrance doorway of the towers are 3.0 metres from the ground which meant at the time access to the entrance was only made by a ladder.  The ladder then could be removed to protect against an invader.

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The Towers never fired a cannon in anger, as Napoleon never invaded Ireland or England. However, it is believed that the Towers acted as a deterrent, as Napoleon had every intention to invade England using Ireland as a “back door” bridgehead.

In total there were 50 Martello Towers built in Ireland, and 103 built in England.  The Military numbered the towers for easy reference.   Towers were also built in South Africa, Majorca and the whole Mediterranean area but most are not Martello Towers, but rather defence towers against pirates.

Other Martello Towers worth mentioning in the area.

James Joyce Martello Tower is now a museum. It’s free to visit and in a walking distance from Dun Laoghaire.

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Martello in DalkeyBartra Martello Tower in Dalkey was on the market in 2014 for €2million. This unique 72sqm granite structure with majestic views built in 1804 has been restored as a very stylish private one-bedroom home. Video: Bryan O’Brien. Source: Irish Time

Look inside recently renovated Martello Tower – WATCH THE VIDEO


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