'Glencolmcille - station 15' : Cross Pillar

Grid RefG 535 850
GPSG 53486 84964 (3m)
Longitude8° 43' 18.26" W
Latitude54° 42' 37.8" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarrick (8.3 Km)
OS Sheet10
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Glencolumbkille - Gleanncholmcille - Monastic Settlement
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Visit Notes

Wednesday, 28th July 2010

This slab stands in the graveyard Straid Church towards the east end. Sadly, it has broken into two pieces, with the top section standing next to it looking like a second, smaller slab. The decoration is very worn, but it is still possible to make it out if you look closely and it does show in the correct light. The two faces face east and west, so either side of midday is the best time to visit.

The larger piece has the base and stand of an ornate cross carved on its east face. This part is quite well-preserved. The smaller piece is more worn and the round head of its cross is tricky to make out. Near to the door of the church there is a locked, wooden trapdoor in the grass. This is the entrance to a deep souterrain. Near to the cross pillars there are some bumps and dips that could indicate the presence of other souterrains.

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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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