Knockpatrick : Holy Well

Grid RefR 242 496
GPSR 24150 49606 (5m)
Longitude9° 7' 9.82" W
Latitude52° 35' 33.05" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownFoynes (2.1 Km)
OS Sheet64
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd April 2005

Stopping here was an on the spur of the moment thing: I just happened to see the signpost on the N69 and followed them. And got lost. And then found the site. The problem is that at one junction there is no sign.

The well is situated on the western slopes of Knockpatrick in a small, well kept enclosure and covered by a modern well-house, which also houses a large figure of St. Patrick. Typically he is dressed as a modern bishop with crozier and mitre. Why do people do this? St. Patrick probably looked more like Gandalf! At the top of the hill there is an old monastic settlement with very good views (when it's not raining!) See Knockpatrick (County Limerick).

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From Foynes head east along the N69 for a little over 1km until you see Knockpatrick signposted to the right. Follow this road for 2km until you reach the second 5-way junction. Turn right and continue until you reach the farm gate on the right, which has large signs for the site. Drive up this track until the first gate and park. The well is in the field to the right.

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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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