Kilmalkedar : Oratory

Grid RefQ 399 064
GPSQ 39945 06409 (7m)
Longitude10° 20' 26.28" W
Latitude52° 11' 10.86" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyferriter (5 Km)
OS Sheet70
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Kilmalkedar - Church
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 26th May 2007

When I last visited Kilmalkedar I knew about the existence of an oratory. As I couldn't see it on that day, nor any signs for it, I had assumed it was not accessible. Today I saw what I thought could be it three or fields to the west of the main church site, so I went to investigate.

A few hundred metres down the road from the old graveyard there is a new one on the left. Opposite the fare end of its car parking area there is a gate that leads to the oratory. This one is smaller than Gallarus Oratory (County Kerry), but somehow I like it more. The very top of the building is missing, but this adds to its charm and feeling of authenticity: the restored Gallarus is rather sterile-looking, but this feels real.

The walled enclosure around this glorious building is far too small. Most cameras will not be able to take a full picture of it. This is one site that I would recommend visiting on a wet day. This is not because you'll avoid crowds - the lack of signposts will see to that - but because of teh lovely colour that the stone takes on when it's wet.

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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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