'Glencolmcille - station 9' : Cross Pillar

TownlandFarranmacbride
CountyDonegal
Grid RefG 537 852
GPSG 53677 85184 (3m)
Longitude8° 43' 7.72" W
Latitude54° 42' 44.97" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarrick (8.4 Km)
OS Sheet10
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Glencolumbkille - Gleanncholmcille - Monastic Settlement
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Visit Notes

Thursday, 1st January 2004

This site is also known as Cloch Aonach (the Stone of the Assembly), which probably refers to the fact that tradition states that when a couple get engaged they should entwine their fingers through the perforation near to the top of the stone accompanied by a group of people.

This round-topped pillar is 1.9m tall and has three circular mofifs on its northern face, which are linked by a vertical line. These are carved in false relief. The highest of these emcompasses the perforation and has a cross design within. The lowest has a flower (marigold) design, while the central one is a small raised disc or boss.

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Wednesday, 28th July 2010

As you're driving to or from Farranmacbride (County Donegal) it is easy to stop off at this cross-pillar as there is ample parking. I like this one, because of the hole in it and the fact that it's so accessible, yet out of the way.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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