Kilfountan : Cross Pillar

Grid RefQ 423 032
Longitude10° 18' 17.04" W
Latitude52° 9' 29.55" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDingle (3 Km)
OS Sheet70
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 10th August 2002

Since I first saw a picture of this I have wanted to see it for myself and this was at a time when I had little interest in early Christian objects. The slim, delicate, expanding pillar of stone is beautifully carved with lovely cross in a circle with exquisite spirals above and below. Below an inscription reads FINTEN, from whom the site gets its name.

Down one side are traces of ogham (I could see just one possible letter).

The pillar stands 1.2m tall to the east of the remains of a small rectangular building, presumably an oratory, which in turn appears to stand within an square area denoted by a low embankment.

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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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