Kildun : Cross Pillar

CountyMayo
Grid RefF 795 059
GPSF 79455 05925 (2m)
Longitude9° 50' 16.89" W
Latitude53° 59' 18.45" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDoagh (19 Km)
OS Sheets30, 22
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 1st June 2009

This site is in a field at the end of a small road. I had expected it to be visible from the road, but it isn't. Like seemingly many old Christian sites it is located on a slope overlooking a bay. To find it park by the bungalow where the road turns into a dirt track and go through the field gate 10m back down the road. The cross pillar is 100m or so into this field.

There are two stones here: the cross pillar and a plain stone that would be classed as a standing stone if it were alone. The cross is carved in false relief, set into a circular frame. The terminals of the cross are flared and almost touch the edge of the circle. It is easy to see without lighting, but the lichen makes it difficult to photograph without angled flash.

The pillar is about 1.6m tall and the other stone is slightly shorter. The location is a quiet, pleasant one and quite picturesque even if it is in a field. Being located on an east facing slope you can not see Achill from the pillar itself, which may be a conscious decision as all the prehistoric sites in the area seem to be positioned so that Achill is visible.

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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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