'St. Declan's Oratory' : Church

TownlandArdmore
CountyWaterford
Grid RefX 189 774
Longitude7° 43' 30.33" W
Latitude51° 56' 54.65" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownYoughal (8.1 Km)
OS Sheet82
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th February 2007

Tucked away behind the church in the mid-afternoon shadow of the round tower there is a small, unassuming building. This is St. Declan's Oratory. There are ante on the west end of the building and a door in the north wall. Inside there is a large, stone-lined pit. This is said to be the last resting place of the remains of St. Declan, but has long been emptied by relic hunters.

The sign by the door says that it is said St. Declan was Bishop of Munster before St. Patrick came to Ireland.

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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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