Bealin : High Cross

CountyWestmeath
Grid RefN 103 428
Longitude7° 50' 42.02" W
Latitude53° 26' 6.72" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMoate (9.6 Km)
OS Sheet47
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th July 2002

This is a very nice and very early high cross. It was moved from Bealin to it's current location on top of a lovely little hillock some time ago. It was first erected by a bishop at Clonmacnoise who died in 813ce and so the cross is dated at 800.

It is covered in classical Celtic knot patterns, both geometrical and zoomorphic (although the latter are hard to spot). There is also supposed to be a hunting scene on it, but that is not at all apparent.

The ring is broken and the general state of repair is not too good, but it is still quite beautiful. Its definitely worth a visit and definitely a good source for your next arm band tattoo.

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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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