'St. Brigit's Chair' : Grave or Cross Slab

TownlandCloghnagaune
CountyWicklow
Grid RefS 923 899
GPSS 92332 89942 (10m)
Longitude6° 37' 33.85" W
Latitude52° 57' 8.5" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltegan (5.5 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th January 2005

This took some finding! Looking for some small stones in a heavily wooded area is always difficult, but eventually I located the site. At one point I was just 30m away from it, but on the wrong side to see the cross slab: this is easy to miss even with GPS coordinates!

The site is most odd. A large slab lies on the ground surrounded on three sides by a low wall. Opposite the 'entrance' is a cross slab with a Latin cross in relief. This is about 60cm tall.

Just below the site is a fast running stream reaffirming the relationship between Brigid and water. Not too far away is St Brigid's Well and St Brigid's Headstone, but I was unable to locate these on this visit. I will be back soon find these.

The running water nearby and the tall trees overhead casting a dappled, subdued light all around make this a very special feeling place. People still apparently visit here as there was a tealight placed next to the cross slab when I made my visit. Despite being difficult to find this site is one that should be visited by all those that love tranquility and natural beauty mixed with their historic sites.

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Sunday, 12th April 2009

As with Boleycarrigeen (County Wicklow) it's amazing what a bit of tree clearance can do. Quite some time ago now I was told that the trees here had been cleared and the site was totally different. I hadn't imagined how different it was going to be.

A wide area around the monument has been fenced off with barbed wire and massive posts: at least the forestry people will know where it is! The posts are tree trunks and so should weather nicely and, hopefully, blend in over time.

What was a personal and magical place with an elfin atmosphere has become a wide open sky-god-calling kind of place. The feeling here is completely different to how it was and I'm not sure which I prefer. The one thing I do like is that now there is a clear view east to Keadeen Mountain and if you kneel or sit in front of the cross to have a quiet moment you are doing so to Keadeen as well as your god of choice.

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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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