Old Kilcullen : High Cross

Grid RefN 830 071
GPSN 83034 07054 (5m)
Longitude6° 45' 35.95" W
Latitude53° 6' 27.44" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallymore Eustace (10.2 Km)
OS Sheet55
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Old Kilcullen - Round Tower
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th July 2005

The stump of the high cross at Old Kilcullen deserves a page of its own, so here it is.

I really like the style of the carvings on this one: they're quite naive. The south face is ornamental. The east face has the Twelve Apostles in three groups of four. The west face five panels that are hard to work out, but could be (from top to bottom) a) the bottom part of a crucifixion scene, b) man on horse blowing a trumpet, c) Samson, d) Flight into Egypt & e) five heads. The north face has David and the Lion at the bottom and what I think is the Sacrifcie of Isaac at the top.

It has been suggested that the top panel is, in fact, an "Episode showing Mac Tail, son of adze', founder of Kilcullen, with crosier, bell and book, smiting the enemy." (Richardson and Scarry - Irish High Crosses - 1990)

The presence of the Sacrifice of Isaac on so many crosses and this panel's similarity to them must point to it being that scene, in my opinion.

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Sunday, 19th April 2009

I love this place. It ranks amongst my favourite places to simply stop and be. On a clear day I can sit at the east side of the enclosure and look out towards the Wicklow Mountains for ages. It was approaching noon as I drove up the road below so I decided to see what the light was like on the high cross. The sun would be from the south and the carvings on the east and west face would be light up in turn. The east face was perfectly lit when I got there and sadly I didn't have time to stay for the west face to get the same treatment - I had to be home by one.

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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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