'St. Doolagh's Church' : Church

Grid RefO 212 442
Longitude6° 10' 34.09" W
Latitude53° 26' 2.25" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMallahide (2.4 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Balgriffin - Balfriffin - CrossSt. Doolagh's Well - Balgriffin - Holy Well
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 2nd January 2011

This church is quite remarkable. The site dates back to the 7th Century and parts of the current building date to the 12th Century, although there is no Romanesque decoration. The church has been greatly extended over the years, but the oldest part is one of the few stone-roofed churches left in Ireland.

Features of the church include a hermit's cell, a lepers' window (where ill people could receive communion) and a penitential cell. Personally, I do not like the large, modern addition to this church, but needs must I presume.

The church is usually locked, but they do have Open Days throughout the summer and one in May.

Other examples of stone-roofed churches can be seen at Glendalough ( St. Kevin's Chapel (County Wicklow)) and Cashel ( Cormac's Chapel (County Tipperary)).

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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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