|Inishmurray - Monastic Settlement|
This cashel hosts a fine monastic settlement, more of which I will detail in the sub-site. The cashel itself has much to offer and would be a good example even without the amazing monastic buildings within. It is, however, difficult to separate the two and some of the cashel features could only be there because of the monks' presence.
The walls stand to over 4m high in places. The south-facing entrance is narrow and has some lovely lintels. Around the inside of the wall there are many niches and perhaps these were added by the monks to stand statues in. The walls also house several chambers and souterrains. It has been suggested that the monks may have used these for further hermitisation (is that a word?) to seclude themselves even from their fellow monks.
The niches in the walls indicate that many changes may have been undertaken by the monks that lived here, so the function of the only set of steps up the inner wall is uncertain.
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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.