St. Saviour's : Church

Grid RefT 133 965
Longitude6° 18' 42.83" W
Latitude53° 0' 26.12" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLaragh (1 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Glendalough - Visitor Centre
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 16th March 2002

I have always loved romanesque architecture and this would have been a splendid example. Unfortunately, there has been some very dodgy rebuilding going on at some stage, particularly around the chancel window. All the carvings have been put in in totally the wrong order.

Two columns that support the finely carved chancel arch have lovely dog head capitals.

There is a ruinous staircase in one wall, which will soon be blocked off for both safety and to prevent further damage.

The whole ruin is surrounded by a low wall and bank that may well have been for flood protection, as the site clearly sits on the flood plane of the river close by. I think this unlikely placing must point to the re-use of an older site.

While here I met one of the guides, Joe, who was showing his nephew around on a day off and he told me many fascinating things about the work underway here abouts.

Quite splendidly the floor of the nearby woods was starting to gain its carpet of shamrocks.

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From St. Kevin's Chapel walk passed the deer stone and follow the path to the left. The chapel is signposted quite well and is about 800m up this path and then down towards the river.

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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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