The first site you encounter when coming up the hill from the village to the monastic site is this well. A wrought iron archway marks the entrance with ‚ÄòHOLY WELL‚Äô written across the top of it. A short path takes you to the well, which is nestled into the base of a tree. The tree is adorned with many offerings and prayers.
It‚Äôs difficult to get to the water in the well (it would be almost impossible for a whole flock of pilgrims to get a taste in a reasonable time), but fear not! There are two handy taps from which to get a taste of this sweet water.
This well is the final stop on the pattern. The stones at the entrance are, like the other stops, heavily scored with crosses.
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.