Rusheen West : Holy Well

CountyMayo
Grid RefM 557 943
GPSM 55682 94283 (3m)
Longitude8° 40' 27.19" W
Latitude53° 53' 45.66" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallaghaderreen (6.3 Km)
OS Sheet32
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Rusheen West - Ogham Stone
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th September 2009

You have to look closely to see this well. It is just a bramble-covered hole about 3m from the ogham stone , right under the field wall that runs from the stone to the farm track.

Like many wells it is overlooked by a small thorn tree. You wouldn't want to try the water from this one, and you'd have trouble reaching the water, because of the plants that are now covering the top of the hole.

On a sunny day the site appears as a dark shadow in the undergrowth. On a not-so-sunny day you could easily walk past it (as I did 6 years ago) or even fall in.

A stone (usually erect) with Ogham script carved on it. They are usually monuments dating from the Iron Age with the inscription being a dedication to somebody, probably a memorial. They often simply state a persons name and pedigree in the form of Fred Son Of Roger Son Of Herbert.

Quite often these are re-used Bronze Age (or earlier) standing stones. As they are often associated with ecclesiastical sites and that the writing seems to be dated from the period starting around 300 CE, many think that it was in fact brought to Ireland by the first Christian missionaries, while other still refer to it as the writing of Druids.

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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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