|Inishkeel - Grave or Cross Slab|
This church (in fact most of the island) is now owned by the OPW and works have commenced to make the place safe. Part of this job was to dismantle and re-erect the end wall of St. Connell's church - the numbers painted onto the stones were still visible at the time of this visit. What was also visible was the fact that the numbers didn't seem to follow a sequence down the wall - was it re-erected correctly?
Only three walls of the church still stand: the east and west gables and the south wall. There is a nice door and a slim window in the south wall. at the time of this visit there were two sheds inside the church, presumably for the OPW crew to take shelter in.
At the east end of the church there is a low altar with a cross slab on it. Several other cross slabs and pillars on the island seem to have disappeared, but some are still here.
Note: Inishkeel can be accessed at low tide by walking across 800m of exposed beach, but do check the lengths of the low tide before crossing over.
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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.