'Seven Churches' : High Cross

TownlandInishmore
CountyGalway
Grid RefL 811 120
GPSL 81095 12042 (3m)
Longitude9° 46' 38.33" W
Latitude53° 8' 44.31" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilcronan (7.7 Km)
OS Sheets51A, 51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Seven Churches - Inishmore - Monastic Settlement
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th June 2010

Only the bottom of this cross's shaft remains. It is quite unusual and, to me at least, has a slightly Viking feel to it.

The shaft is about 1.6m tall, 40cm wide and just 20cm thick.

The east face is entirely covered by a panel of Celtic knot work. At the base of the shaft on the west face there is a similar panel. Above this there the bottom of a panel that was probably a crucifixion that incorporated the cross head: you can make out the legs and feet. At either side of these legs there are two small figures that are very crudely carved. These could be the two thieves or the Roman soldiers from the crucifixion story.

It is these two small figure that give me the Viking vibe. It's something about the way their faces are carved.

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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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