Laughlanstown : High Cross

Grid RefO 233 234
Longitude6° 9' 9.53" W
Latitude53° 14' 47.97" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (5.4 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Tully Church - Laughlanstown - Church
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 8th September 2001

A lovely church with two crosses, one Christian and one Celtic. I didn't know there were two and so I will have to go back one day.

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Saturday, 5th January 2002

I finally got around to re-visiting this place to see the second cross. It is a beauty. It stands in a field on the opposite side of the road from the church and other cross. Sadly one of its 'arms' has broken off.

One side of the cross is engraves with an inverted teardrop junction at the shape that runs into a groove running down th length of the cross. The opposite side has a very faint figure carved into it.

This is one of the nicest crosses I have seen to date.

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Tuesday, 19th March 2002

Early morning sun allowed me to take a photo of the christian cross in full illumination. Nice day to be out.

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Thursday, 11th April 2002

When you have a Celtic and a Christian style cross in one place and you're passing by you might as well pop in. A small break in a mainly megalithic tour across south Dublin.

Tuesday, 21st June 2005

The field in which the older cross stands is very rough at the moment. The grass and thistles are nearly waist high. I don't know if it was just the dawn light not being very sympathetic to the carvings or not, but they appeared to be a lot more indistinct than on previous visits. How long before our modern lifestyles produce enough acid-ridden rain to erode the carvings completely?

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Thursday, 31st December 2009

I was at these crosses at 2:15pm, which was perfect for the west face, but a little too late for the east face of the nice, old cross in the field. If you got here a little earlier at this time of year you could enjoy both sides.

I managed to get some good photos of the field cross today, so I'm quite pleased with the trip.

Saturday, 9th January 2010

Re-visiting sites soon is not usually something I do, but I had to get out and see something in the snow. This trip was an ideal choice as it didn't involve a long car journey and I knew exactly where to park and walk to do it.

The cross looks fantastic in the snow. It's amazing how being surrounded by snow can alter the appearance of stone.

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Like this monument

Marked Sites


From Kiltiernan take the road opposite the Golden Ball to Carrickmines until you reach a crossroads. Turn right and take the first right after the sharp bend signed Tully Church And Cross. Follow this road and you will see the Celtic cross ont the left hand side of the road. The Christian cross is in the field on the other side of the road.

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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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