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Clondalkin

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Clondalkin is a suburban town situated 10 km west of Dublin city centre, Ireland, under the administrative jurisdiction of South Dublin. It is also a civil parish in the ancient barony of Uppercross. The name is also used in relation to the area's religious parishes.Clondalkin is home to an eighth-century round tower that acts as a focal point for the area. The Clondalkin round tower is one of the four remaining towers in County Dublin. Acknowledged as one of the oldest and best preserved in the country, it is 25.6 metres high and has its original conical cap. Clondalkin forms part of the Dublin Mid-West Dáil constituency and Clondalkin's postal code is 22.HistoryPrehistoryNeolithic tribes first settled in the area around 7,600 years ago, taking advantage of the site's favourable location on the River Camac, overlooking the River Liffey and the inland pass between the mountains and the river. Evidence of the presence of the Cualann Celtic people (an early tribe possibly noted on as the Cauci on Ptolemy's world map) can be found in various mounds and raths.Christian eraClondalkin is believed to have been founded by Saint Cronan Mochua as a monastic settlement on the River Camac over 1,400 years ago (possibly late 6th or early 7th centuries). The round tower was built perhaps two centuries later (circa 790 AD) as part of the monastery. By the eighth century, Saint Fugillus was Bishop of Clondalkin and noted gospel manuscripts were produced – the most famous of these being the Clondalkin mass book which is on display in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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