Killinaboy : Sheela-na-Gig

CountyClare
Grid RefR 271 916
GPSR 27116 91569 (5m)
Longitude9° 5' 5.89" W
Latitude52° 58' 11.9" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (3.2 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Saturday, 26th October 2002

There are a couple of very interesting things here. On the west gable there is a large cross of Lorraine, reconstructed when the doorway it was over collapsed. Above a later door in the south wall is a very nice Sheela-na-Gig. This is still in quite good condition and relatively easy to see most of the carving detail.

Just inside this door, set into the wall extremely badly, is part of a column carved with a twisted rope pattern that ends with a tongue-poking, column-swallowing monster.

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Sunday, 6th June 2004

Just a quick stop off to have something to eat and to see the Sheela. Uta quite rightly said that its face is rather severe and stern.

I hadn't noticed on my last trip, but her right leg is damaged. The light today was perfect too. All the bits were easily identifiable.

Sunday, 21st September 2008

I was passing so I thought I'd stop by to get some photos of the sheela with my new camera. When you pass just 40m from a sheela-na-gig you have to stop.

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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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