'Clonfert Cathedral' : Church

Grid RefM 961 211
Longitude8° 3' 30.31" W
Latitude53° 14' 25.04" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBirr (19 Km)
OS Sheet47
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 29th August 2004

For many years now I have wanted to see the amazing Romanaesue doorway of Clonfert Cathedral. I recently read that restoration work has been undertaken on it, so I went to see what it looked like. Unfortunately I had thought that I'd read the work had been completed, but it hasn't. The door is still mainly hidden by scaffolding and green mesh.

The tiers of the arch are fairly visible, so I settled for taking some detail photos. This was part of my plan anyway, because most photos of it are usually full shots. Although the hooded doorway is fantastic it is nice to see bits of it close up.

I will be back when the work is finished, but this looks like it could be quite a long time.

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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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