Ray : High Cross

CountyDonegal
Grid RefB 955 334
GPSB 95542 33364 (3m)
Longitude8° 4' 11.73" W
Latitude55° 8' 50.78" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownFalcarragh (2.3 Km)
OS Sheet1
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 30th July 2010

This was our last site for today, because we had to get back to the campsite and sort out a few things. The church that houses this huge cross is reached via a bumpy, but drivable farm track. There's enough parking for one car.

The church is very plain, but there are bits of decorative stonework cemented onto the window sills inside, so perhaps it was once a bit nicer. There is a shallow basin or font in the graveyard.

The real attraction is the very, very tall cross that stands inside the church. To protect it it has been mounted to the inside of the church walls, which it actually towers over. The cross is cut from a thin sheet of stone, is undecorated and stands over 9m tall. The mastery the maker of this stone had is remarkable: to craft something so large, yet so delicate looking out of a single piece of stone impresses me enormously. The cross might not be decorated like many high crosses, but that really doesn't matter. What matters here is size.

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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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