Ballaghmore : Sheela-na-Gig

Grid RefS 197 899
GPSS 19718 89865 (8m)
Longitude7° 42' 23.58" W
Latitude52° 57' 33.29" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBorris in Ossory (5.8 Km)
OS Sheet60
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 22nd February 2004

Compared with the Fethard Wall (County Tipperary) Sheela I went to last week, this one is very pleasant. She has been described a 'jaunty' and I have to say I agree. She gives the impression that she is doing a little jig - one hand seems to be on her hip and the other is on her knee.

The figure is carved onto a quoin stone, which is mounted about 9 or 10m up the wall of Ballaghmore Castle - a privately owned and restored castle (available for functions etc ... I add this because when I visited I could not make myself heard even though I rang the bell loudly as the sign requests, and so proceeded to photgraph the Sheela anyway.)

I described thisone as "one you would take home to meet your mum ... especially if you'd taken the Fethard Wall Sheela home the previous week."

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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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