Mellifont Abbey : Church

CountyLouth
Grid RefO 012 780
Longitude6° 27' 57.67" W
Latitude53° 44' 30.42" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSlane (6.2 Km)
OS Sheet43
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 3rd June 2002

The ruins of this abbey are extremely flattened but the general layout can be discerned. Only one building remains relatively intact, which has a fine vaulted roof with carved capitals in the 'supporting' columns. (I overheard one of the guides saying that this structure was used as a pigsty at some point!)

The most amazing structure though is the octagonal two storey lavabo which originally held a fountain. Near this are the remains of the cloisters.

There are good facilities here (toilets! phew) and guided tours are available from May to October for a reasonably small fee.

A great place to take the kids and let them run about in the history and the ruins.

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Sunday, 13th July 2003

We wnated to somewhere to sit and chat aand relax, and although the ruins here are minimal it appealled to us. I would advise anyone visiting here to take the tour and go into the visitors centre (which is housed in the building used for Ireland's first Youth Hostel right next to the site). Within the visitor centre they have some of the lovely Romanesque carvings discoverred during excavations on display. Look out for the heads carved on corbels perching in the upper windows.

The tour guides (ours was Yvonne) are very well informed and very keen to share their enthusiasm for the site with you. This makes a very pleasant experience and it's only 2 euros for the tour and access to the centre. A bargian!

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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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