St. Mullins : Monastic Settlement

Grid RefS 729 380
Longitude6° 55' 36.05" W
Latitude52° 29' 19.06" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGraiguenananagh (6 Km)
OS Sheet68
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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St. Mullins - Round TowerSt. Mullins - High Cross
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th February 2010

Here at St Mullins there is a visitor centre that only opens on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Wednesday opening are from October-June only and the Saturday openings are from June-October only. I visited on a Sunday and stood no chance! The main site is open all the time, though and you can see the buildings and monuments whenever you want to.

The settlement is a very old one: St Moling was born in 614ce. The remains are extensive. As well as the very modern church that houses the visitor centre there are the remains of six older buildings. Much of what you see is from the 16th Century, but many of these are built on top of or extend older buildings.

There is the stump of a round tower and a high cross here, too.

Considering that there's a visitor centre here I was surprised at the poor condition of the information signs.

Like this monument

Marked Sites

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A Selection of Other Monastic Settlements

External Links

Carlow County Museum

A page giving some background information about the settlement and also the opening hours of the visitor centre.
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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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