Fahan : Cross Pillar

CountyDonegal
Grid RefC 345 263
GPSC 34497 26338 (8m)
Longitude7° 27' 35.14" W
Latitude55° 4' 59.32" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLisfannan (2.4 Km)
OS Sheets2, 7
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 1st February 2004

This was the site of a sixth century monastic settlement founded by St. Mura, but nothing remains of that now. The cross slab is quite large - 1.6m tall x 1m wide - and has a large Latin cross carved on both sides. The west face also has two figures with long hair. Down one edge is one of Ireland's few Greek inscriptions.

As you enter the graveyard here it is worth taking note of the holed stone and the small cross slab that are mounted into the wall either side of the gateway.

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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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