'St. Brigid's Well' : Holy Well

TownlandKillare
CountyWestmeath
Grid RefN 278 484
GPSN 27763 48380 (5m)
Longitude7° 34' 54.24" W
Latitude53° 29' 4.96" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMoate (13.5 Km)
OS Sheet48
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 22nd June 2008

I had just been to the nearby townland of Togherstown to look for a bullaun stone that is no longer in the spot it's supposed to be in and drove past this well as I was leaving. I thought I'd pop in in case the bullaun had been moved here. It hasn't. In fact, it's quite likely that the stone was originally moved from here as this is a well dedicated to Brigid.

The well itself is a large pool that runs off into a channel that disappears into some trees. There is a figurine in a shrine house that looks more like a Mary rather than a Brigid to me. The area is quite well tended and there is a circle of station stones around the outside of the pool. A little bridge crosses the stream to allow you to make a full circle.

The ground between the road and the well is full of lumps and bumps which look like the foundations of ruined buildings. Next to the well enclosure there is a more substantial ruin (but only just more substantial!)

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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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