Durrow : High Cross

CountyOffaly
Grid RefN 321 307
Longitude7° 31' 5.5" W
Latitude53° 19' 32.15" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilbeggan (4.9 Km)
OS Sheet48
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th June 2002

This has to be the best kept secret of Christianity in Ireland! So much is always said about the crosses at Muiredach's Cross (County Louth) and Clonmacnoise - Crosses (County Offaly) (although these are fine) and so little is said about this one. It is superb!

The state of preservation is wonderful - each scene is still beautifully defined. This probably has something to do with it being on a private estate and under the cover of some enormous and ancient trees.

My favourites panels are the wrestling figures (north face) and Eve giving Adam the apple (south face). Both the east and west faces of the head are wonderful.

The cross ia quite a tall one at just under 4m tall. The head of a second cross was removed from here to the National Museum.

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Sunday, 16th November 2003

The first impressions I had of this cross (and the slabs) were not wrong. It is a lovely cross.

Like this monument

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Directions

From Kilbeggan follow the N52 south to Tullamore. 2km after crossing the Offaly county border you will see a sign on the left hand side of the road pointing towards some huge gates on the right. Park here and walk down the long driveway. You will see a church. Walk around the wall surrounding this and you will find the cross on the far side.

To get to the well walk along the path just before the church. You will see a small copse 150m from the path. The well is in this copse.

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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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