Martello Structures

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Theme – Structure

In this photo, you can see in the distance the structure of a Martello tower at the edge of the Cliffs of Moher. You can see that it was being restored at the time we visited.

In total there were 50 Martello Towers built in Ireland for fear of an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte reached panic proportions among the authorities in Ireland and England in the year of 1804.

Their purpose was to provide what were, ‘bombproof’ towers from which fire could be directed at ships of the hourly expected French invasion fleet.

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.

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