The modern church here is of little interest to me apart from the beautiful Romanesque doorway that is set into the northeast wall. This was originally from Trinity Island in Lough Oughter.
The decoration on this is wonderful. The frame around the door is decorated with 'Celtic' style zig-zags and almost cubist designs. The tops of the pillars supporting the outer orders have faces and beasties.
The inner arch above the door has a beautiful interlace pattern going around it, while the outer arches have 3-D chevron designs. The outermost seems to have been built from maybe two doors and doesn't match up very well at all.
This is one of the finest Romanesque doors I have seen yet and it would have been great to see the original church in all its glory.
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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.