'St. Patrick's Well' : Holy Well

Grid RefN 174 840
GPSN 17365 84042 (8m)
Longitude7° 44' 11.01" W
Latitude53° 48' 20.16" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDrumlish (2.7 Km)
OS Sheet34
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 18th September 2005

When I sat down to write notes on site I was not very complementary about it and I don't think I can be too different now. This well is covered by a pretty hideous modern concrete thing with a whitewashed concrete facade. The rear is possibly a cairn-type structure, but it's hard to say. I don't like modern wells and well houses, so I am bound not to like it.

I stopped by here for three reasons: firstly it is signposted, secondly I need to get more sites in the Longford section and thirdly because I wanted to see how it related to Corn Hill (County Longford). It doesn't! The well is situated on the northwest facing slopes of a low ridge and Corn Hill is beyond the ridge. Only the huge transmitter tells of the hill's presence.

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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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