Killevy : Church

Grid RefJ 040 221
Longitude6° 24' 30.91" W
Latitude54° 8' 14.38" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNewry (6.6 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 25th May 2003

Kileevy derives from the Church Of The Hill, which is hardly surprising, because it is situated right at the foot of the east slopes of Slieve Gullion. There are two churches here built back to back, the westernmost one of which is the oldest.

This church has one of finest cyclopean doorways you will see anywhere. The pieces of stone are massive.

This site has a recorded history that dates back to the 5th century when a nunnery was established there. You have to wonder at the pre-history of the place and why it was chosen as the site of one of the earliest nunneries in Ireland. Was the location already associated with a female order dedicated to the Hag living on the mountain top above?

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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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