'St Lazerian's Well' : Holy Well

TownlandOld Leighlin
CountyCarlow
Grid RefS 657 654
GPSS 65662 65417 (5m)
Longitude7° 1' 40.03" W
Latitude52° 44' 9.29" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLeighlinbridge (3.5 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 27th November 2005

This well maintained well is in a little garden-type area at the west end of Old Leighlin. There is a car park by the roadside and access is striaghtforward.

The well is covered by a modern cuboid, whitewashed structure, which makes the site a little bit sterile. However, the sound of the water from the well and the babbling stream at the bottom of the field to add to the ambience. Between the well and the stream there is a rag-tree.

Behind the well housing there is a nice old cross set into a square stone base. The well is known locally as 'Molaise' well after one of the abbots at the nearby abbey/cathedral. He was later sent to Rome as part of a group who settled the date for Easter. The feast day of Molaise or 'My Laisren' is April 18th.

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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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