Fassaroe : Cross

CountyWicklow
Grid RefO 243 178
GPSO 24313 17768 (5m)
Longitude6° 8' 22.82" W
Latitude53° 11' 45.01" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (2.3 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 18th March 2002

I wouldn't have even known that this cross existed if it wasn't for my Field Guide as it is not marked on the current OS. I think it may have been moved due to some local road alterations too.

The cross itself is about 1.6m tall and mounted on a 80cm high base (probably modern). Its solid round face has a very crude and wonderful crucifixion depiction, while the obverse has two bulges that are perhaps worn faces.

Quite strangely there is a small lump protruding from the one side of the round. It has been suggested that this may have been to aid people praying to raise from their knees.

The stone is riddled with small fragments of metal ore and has a diagonal quartz vein on the column. A delightful cross.

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Monday, 1st April 2002

Another little visit to see if the rear was any easier to photograph and to show my oldest daughter the cross. Its crudeness still impresses me.

Monday, 1st January 2007

Since the M50/M11 road works were done a couple of new roundabouts were constructed near to the cross. No longer does it stand on a quite roadside, but it is now by one of these roundabouts. This means there's nowhere to park safely if you want to visit this cross now.

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Marked Sites

Directions

From Enniskerry follow the R117 east to the N11 and head north. Take the first left and then at the staggered crossroads turn left again. The cross is 100m on the left right by the road.

Miscellanea

This cross is known as Valery's Cross.

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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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