'Seven Churches' : Grave or Cross Slab

TownlandInishmore
CountyGalway
Grid RefL 811 120
GPSL 81127 12039 (3m)
Longitude9° 46' 36.6" W
Latitude53° 8' 44.24" 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

There are four magnificent cross slabs standing in the corner of this little graveyard. They over look seven prostrate slabs that are said to be the burial place of seven saints.

There are two tall slabs flanking two short slabs. The two shorter ones are finely decorated, as is the larger of the two tall slabs. The other tall slab is simply decorated with an elongated latin cross.

Both of the small slabs have inscriptions on them and date to the 8th or 9th Century. They are as good as anything you will see at Clonmacnoise (County Offaly).

I was very lucky today, as we arrived at the perfect time and in perfect weather to see the stones lit up from just the right angle to see the decoration perfectly. The stopes are in such good condition, though, so you will be able to see the decoration in any weather.

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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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