Clonca : Cross

Grid RefC 526 471
GPSC 52561 47071 (5m)
Longitude7° 10' 22.99" W
Latitude55° 16' 4.06" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCuldaff (2.1 Km)
OS Sheet3
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 1st February 2004

This high cross is tall: over 3m tall. It is mainly decorated with interlace, some animals and geometric patterns. There are some sculptured scenes too, the main one, on the east face, represents the loaves and fishes miracle, but in this Jesus looks like an old man.

On the west face are two figures and a couple of lions, which probably represent St. Anthony and St. Paul.

The more 'Celtic' decoration is quite superb, especially the large swirl on the bottom portion of the east face.

There is another cross in the field further towards the bungalow (GPS - C 52490 47099), but this is lying on the floor. It has a broad head with a geometric pattern on its upper face.

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Saturday, 27th October 2007

I didn't recognise this site as one I'd been to before. It's really odd, but sometimes you forget about sites that you just popped into. The carvings on the base of the east face of the cross are superb. The graceful curves and swirls are truly art.

Parts of the cross have clearly been replaced, but these patched up sections do not really detract from the loveliness of the rest.

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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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