The History and Heritage of Bridge
Laois Bridge Clubs
Portlaoise Library, Co. Laois
22 August, 2pm - 3pm
Just 10km from Newbridge and Kildare and 15km from Naas, this magnificent tower was built in 1859 by Sir Gerald George Aylmer.
The tower commands extensive views of the surrounding countryside. The Hill of Allen is a volcanic hill surrounded by the Bog of Allen. The Tower is also known as "Alymer's Folly", it rises to approx. 60 ft. from the base. It has an internal diameter of approximately 9ft. The tower is built of limestone, it has a spiral internal staircase leading to the top where you enter the upper platform. On each of the 83 steps is inscribed the names of the men and women who built the tower.