'St. Coey's Well' : Holy Well

Grid RefJ 626 476
GPSJ 62614 47564 (6m)
Longitude5° 29' 55.12" W
Latitude54° 21' 2.56" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownStrangford (4.3 Km)
OS Sheet21
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th February 2006

St. Coey's well is also signposted as St. Cooey's Well. The site is well (forgive the pun) maintained and access isn't too bad. Once you arrive at the car park you can either walk down some steep steps or use the ramp.

At the foot of the hill you first encounter a small graveyard and a modern altar. The alter stands within the foundations of a very small and presumably very early church. To the east of the church next to the path are three pools in a stream. These are marked Wash, Eyes and Drink. I suppose this must mean that each little station is known as a cure for different ailments, similar to the holy wells at Struell Wells (County Down).

If you follow the path from these wells down to the shoreline through the saltmarshes you reach two stones (if the tide is in as it was on my visit you may have to risk leaving the path as it does get covered by the sea.) I think these standing stones may be the penance stones that are mentioned on one of the signs.

Beyond these stones there are lots of sea filled hollows and craggy rocks in the sea. This is a place with a definite magic about it.

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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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