Reask : Monastic Settlement

Grid RefQ 368 045
Longitude10° 23' 8.39" W
Latitude52° 10' 5.83" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyferriter (1.4 Km)
OS Sheet70
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Reask - Cross Pillar
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 10th August 2002

When most people/books mention Reask they talk primarily about the cross pillar and so I was not prepared to see the amazing quality of the monastic site here.

The walls remain to a height around 1m, some of them are higher, and define the site quite beautifully. It is very easy to appreciate the self-imposed hardship the monks lived in as the clochans (or stone huts) were very small. There are several round foundations and two square ones (oratories), the largest of the round ones interlink with each other and have an enclosed path to the rear of them, this may have been a cloister type structure.

The site is 120m by 50m and split into two unequal sections by a curvilinear wall.

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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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