Not many people seem to care about Delgany churchyard, but I love it! The grass is very long and the paths full of weeds. The sad forgotten look really does add to the sense of adventure when visiting the site.
There is a single section of the north wall of the church in the graveyard and the whole site is peppered with beautiful yew trees.
Towards the rear of the graveyard, at the end of a gravel path, is the shaft of a High Cross about 2m tall. The front (south) face has some very worn carvings on it and the sides have plain, recessed panels. The rear is plain.
The carvings on the south face are thought to be:
meaning 'A prayer for ???? and Odran the wright' (Antiquities of old Rathdown Corlett - Wordwell 1999).
I don't know when these letters were identified, but you can not read them now.
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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.