'St. Manchan's' : Church

TownlandLemanaghan
CountyOffaly
Grid RefN 171 270
GPSN 17132 26964 (12m)
Longitude7° 44' 35" W
Latitude53° 17' 33.8" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMoate (11.5 Km)
OS Sheet48
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th June 2004

The ruins of St. Mach?n's church look as if they have nothing much to offer at first sight, but a quick investigation soon proves this not to be the case.

The church is currently undergoing some restoration work and the east end has been done very well, the rest has undergone or is undergoing structural stability work.

The window on the south side has two fine pieces of Romanesque carving. These look as if they are reproductions. If they are then they are very well produced. If they are not then they are in fantastic condition. One is a simple Celtic knot pattern, but the other (to the right of the window) is quite exquisite. It shows a hooded figure (possibly a monk?) standing over a dragon whose head is twisted upwards and the frame spews from its mouth. Its tail twists into a knot pattern behind it.

While looking through this window I spied a small piece of an ogham stone used in the north wall. This (I think) is unrecorded, meaures about 30cm long and contains possibly two letters - either I, N or Q and R or Z.

There is a nice cross slab mounted on the inside of the east wall with a encircled cross in relief.

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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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