Reask : Cross Pillar

CountyKerry
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 - Monastic Settlement
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 10th August 2002

Reask cross pillar is one of the finest around. It stands just under 2m tall and is about 40cm broad.

The cross has an encircled cross with equal length arms, with spiral designs like a larger version of the Kilfountan cross pillar.

There is an inscription reading DNE (Domine) on the west face along with the cross. There is also a little cut out in the side. This was used in the performance of marriage ceremonies in a similar way to many holed stones. Here the couple could obviously not hold hands through the hole, but instead embraced fingers in the notch.

There are two small cross slabs standing nearby.

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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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