Rathmichael : Cross

Grid RefO 241 215
Longitude6° 8' 29.07" W
Latitude53° 13' 45.86" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (3.4 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Tuesday, 19th March 2002

What an amazing little cross! I was quite taken with it. The front side (as you approach) has a crude crucifxion in relief on it not too unlike nearby Fassaroe. The obverse though has a false relief crucifixion that is quite lovely.

It is possible to still make out some of the facial features on the figure. One of my favourite Dublin crosses so far.

It is only 1m tall mounted on a base 80cm high. Like Fassaroe it has a solid circle.

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Monday, 1st April 2002

Took my daughter to see this cross so that she could compare it with nearby Fassaroe.

Like this monument

Marked Sites


From the N11 take the R116 south east until you reach a junction where the road turns sharply right. Go left here and turn in to the second left junction and park. Walk back to the turn in and you will see a track just before it. The cross is 300m up this track just past a driveway.


I thought originally that this cross was Kiltuck cross, but as somebody kindly told me via email, this is in fact the Rathmichael cross. It did stand at the nearby Kiltuck church for around 100 years, but around 1911 it was realised that it really belonged to the base it now stands in.

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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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