Sheepstown : Church

Grid RefS 515 373
GPSS 51458 37281 (7m)
Longitude7° 14' 32.82" W
Latitude52° 29' 4.59" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownInistioge (12 Km)
OS Sheet67
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 7th August 2005

These ruins are rather sad to be honest. For a twelth century church there is very little decoration. The corners of the building are beaded, as is the door, but that's about it. There is a narrow door in the south wall and a pointed window. The west window is very plain, too.

On the northwest corner there is a single corbel referred to on the sign as the 'clock stone'. Inside the church in the same corner is a small decortaed section of stone that show the bottom half of what were presumably birds facing each other.

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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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