'St. Mary's Church' : Church

Grid RefR 698 849
GPSR 69821 84870 (5m)
Longitude8° 26' 55.19" W
Latitude52° 54' 49.95" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMountshannon (2.4 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Holy Island - Inishcealtra - Lake or Island
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd July 2005

St. Marys is the largest church on the island. Inside there are numerous graveslabs lined up along the north wall. The altar is a 17th Century tomb with some lovely decoration on its sides.

On the south wall is a memorial, which actually belongs on top of the tomb now used as the altar, with a very curious carving on the top. This is of a female figure from roughly the waist up. She is wearing a pointed hat and has her arms folded across her chest.

When I saw the hat I couldnt help being reminded of the so-called Celtic Wizards hats, which have been found in Ireland and Germany. Is this figure an example of reuse of a pagan carving? Certainly not. Should the Wizard Hats be known as Witches Hats? Probably.

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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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