Carndonagh : High Cross

Grid RefC 463 450
GPSC 46346 45019 (11m)
Longitude7° 16' 16.18" W
Latitude55° 14' 59.95" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarndonagh (0.7 Km)
OS Sheet3
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 1st February 2004

This is a spectacular example of an early high cross. I have always seen pictures of it in the open, so I was surprised to see it standing below its own little shelter along with its two intriguing companions.

The cross is very weathered, which makes the roof a very good idea - although it's a bit too late really. The west face has a wonderful interlace pattern of thick bands. The east face has a large crucifixion scene carved on it.

Standing to either side of the cross are two pillars about 1m tall. Some of the sides of these are broken away, but the faces that are intact have wonderfully pagan-esque figures on them. One seems to be carrying a barrel or harp (yes, they are quite hard to discern) and another has a figure with massive bat ears.

In the graveyeard near by there is a cross pillar with a marigold motif and a crucifixion scene.

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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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