Martello Towers

Martello towers are small defensive forts built during the 19th century, from the time of the Napoleonic Wars onwards.   They stand up to 40 feet (12m) high (with two floors) and typically had a garrison of one officer and 15-25 men.

The round structure and thick walls of solid masonry made them resistant to cannon fire, while their height made them an ideal platform for a single heavy artillery piece, mounted on the flat roof and able to traverse a 360 degree arc.  

There are twelve such towers along the Fingal Dublin coastline, each in line of sight of each other, providing the ability to communicate with one another, or warn of any incoming attacks.


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