Tobertown : Holy Well

CountyDublin
Grid RefO 167 645
GPSO 16736 64462 (5m)
Longitude6° 14' 8.63" W
Latitude53° 37' 1.02" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBalbriggan (3.6 Km)
OS Sheet43
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th October 2004

This well is situated in the graveyard 50m south of the very ruined church on the west edge of Balscaddan.

A modern wall surrounds the well and a modern fence surrounds that. A very odd arrangement, but presumably done to stop people falling in to the 1.m deep water. The wall is teardrop shaped with the well in the rounded part and steps in the elongated bit, but the water level is so high that the steps are submerged.

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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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