'St. Mary's' : Church

Grid RefB 711 001
GPSB 71097 00088 (3m)
Longitude8° 26' 59.98" W
Latitude54° 50' 51.67" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownArdara (9.6 Km)
OS Sheet10
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Thursday, 29th July 2010

This is a really odd looking ruin, because the south wall has, at some time, been rebuilt using pieces of decorative stonework from an arch or similar architectural feature. Only the south wall remains to any height, the other three being no more than 1.5m or tall. The church is built into the slope of the land, so that the walls look lower from outside.

There is supposed to be a cross slab inside the church, but I couldn't find it. The cross slab from just outside the west end of the church is also not there. Have the been removed for safe-keeping or stolen?

Note: Inishkeel can be accessed at low tide by walking across 800m of exposed beach, but do check the lengths of the low tide before crossing over.

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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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