'Calvary' : Holy Well

Grid RefG 710 329
Longitude8° 26' 41.6" W
Latitude54° 14' 38.62" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSligo (3.7 Km)
OS Sheet25
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 3rd May 2003

I have to be really careful here. I did not set out with the intention of visiting this site, but Imust have taken a wildly wrong turn and ended up here. Was someone trying to tell me something?

If this well was ever a pagan place then you would never know it. At the entrance to the extremely well tended woodland grove that houses the well is an aluminium car trailer with (I think) a St. Brigit (formerly the Celtic goddess Brigid and often associated with water) surrounded by flowers.

The well is now walled in and surrounded by what I presume are stations for the pattern day. On the hillside above is a Marian shrine and a white marble crucifix.

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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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