Cloone : Monastic Settlement

Grid RefN 141 999
GPSN 14099 99867 (5m)
Longitude7° 47' 6.88" W
Latitude53° 56' 52.4" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMohill (6.1 Km)
OS Sheet34
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th April 2007

Sadly very little of this monastic site is left. The site was founded in 570CE and possibly lasted until the 13th Century.

What does remain are three cross slabs, a broken bullaun, a cross base, some carved heads and a section of a cross shaft.

The cross shaft, two of the heads and the cross base are the easiest to find. The heads and the cross shaft are mounted into the wall next to the graveyard gate - the third head (not mentioned in the Leitrim Inventory) is built into the outside of the graveyard wall at the rear. The cross base is next to the path through the graveyard. This is undecorated, but its size indicates that the cross it once supported may have been quite substantial.

The cross slabs are arranged in a row on the opposite side of the path from the cross base one row of gravestones back. The broken bullaun is about 20m south of these next to a grave. One row of graves back from the bullaun and a little to the south of it there is a graveslab with some animals carved on it in false relief.

GPS refs:
cross slabs - N 14105 99857
bullaun - N 14098 99861
heads - N 14110 99825

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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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