Clonmacnoise : Visitor Centre

Grid RefN 009 307
Longitude7° 59' 11.37" W
Latitude53° 19' 35.65" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMoate (19.5 Km)
OS Sheet47
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Clonmacnoise - Round Tower
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 23rd March 2003

Last time I came here it was very late in the day, so I did not have chance to go to the visitor's centre. This time I was here for a gentle day out and took the opportunity. The 5 euro entry fee is worth it.

The centre houses the all three original crosses and the famous Clonmacnoise cross slabs. Replicas of the crosses can be seen outside, but the cross slabs can not. The crosses are beautifully lit, highlighting the features wonderfully. The same applies to the cross slabs. I have seen many pictures of the cross slabs many time, but nothing that really compares to seeing them 'in the flesh'.

For once the 'audio-visual' display is well worth watching. Unlike Newgrange (County Meath) there is a lot of written history of Clonmacnoise. This allows the film to include real facts and it is very informative.

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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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