Kilvarnet : Church

CountySligo
Grid RefG 602 201
GPSG 60225 20053 (5m)
Longitude8° 36' 30.53" W
Latitude54° 7' 40.5" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallymote (7.4 Km)
OS Sheet25
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th October 2004

When I saw this site on the OS map I felt a peculiar tingle run down my spine. I can't explain what it was but I just knew I had to visit it. When I arrived I could see nothing special about the site except that it occupied a little promontory that jutted out into a shallow valley to the north. I looked around the graveyard in case the tingle was my 'bullaun alarm' which sometimes goes off, but it wasn't.

I then noticed tha the church isn't actually built on the highest part of the ridge, slightly down the eastward slope and that this fairly modern (16th Century?) church also is not aligned east-west, but more northeast-southwest. Very odd indeed!

Standing against the outside of the 'east' wall, so that the altar would have been behind my back I started to look around. Looking due north across the false horizon created by the other side of the little valley I couldn't believe my eyes. There, appearing to sit on top of this ridge, was Maeve's Cairn (County Sligo).

If this isn't the location of a pre-christian sacred site I'll give up doing this for a hobby!

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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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