Round towers are early medieval stone towers found mainly in Ireland. While the history and original purpose of the famous landmarks are still widely debated, it is believed by most that the towers are largely identified as bell towers and most often found near churches and monasteries. The original towers were probably built between the 9th and 12th centuries, and many believe these towers are still in existence today due to their round shape which has sustained them against the wear of strong winds.
The Tower at Castleton Lyons Farm was built by Dr. Ryan to serve as beautiful reminder of Ireland. Constructed with fieldstone taken directly from the grounds that surround it, the Tower is an exact replica of the round tower at the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, Ireland. The 124.5 foot structure is centrally located in the middle of Castleton Lyons. One hundred forty-four winding steps lead to the top with windows along the way that face the north, south, east, and west. The tower can be seen by travelers flying into the Bluegrass Airport from the North, and easily seen from the roads adjacent to the farm, especially at night when the tower is completely lit. Each year the farm celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by lighting the Tower in a festive bright green! Since its construction in 2003, the Tower at Castleton Lyons has become a familiar and beloved landmark to many residents and visitors to the Bluegrass