Castlekieran : High Cross

CountyMeath
Grid RefN 691 773
Longitude6° 57' 9.48" W
Latitude53° 44' 26.64" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMullagh (7.9 Km)
OS Sheet42
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 3rd June 2002

There are three crosses standing here now and a fourth lies in the river close by. The crosses are very plane in comparison to, say, those at nearby Kells.

It has been suggested that the cross were actually boundary markers that denoted the extent of St. Ciar·n's monastery.

Also in the graveyard are a cross slab and an ogham stone that reads 'COVAGNI MAQI MUCOI LUCINI', but this is now very worn and damaged.

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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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