Drumhallagh : Grave or Cross Slab

Grid RefC 294 323
GPSC 29380 32275 (3m)
Longitude7° 32' 21.41" W
Latitude55° 8' 12.5" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownRathmullan (4.8 Km)
OS Sheets2, 3
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Saturday, 31st July 2010

This really did take some finding! The official grid reference is at least 100m out and the slab stands in the corner of the next field, so that the hedge row hides it. Finding it cost me blood, sweat and tears, despite having some guidance from a local lady.

Once upon a time finding it would not have been too difficult and only a small amount of work would make this the case once more. A local priest had a fenced in path created to guide you to the slab, but the entrance has become overgrown with brambles and much of the path itself is blocked by brambles and thick bracken. A goos sickle and a couple willing people could have this slab accessible in a couple of hours. A sign post would be nice, too. Sadly, the priest in question dies a few years ago and no one has taken on this task in his absence.

The slab is beautiful and should be a sign-posted National Monument. It has become eroded since the some of the pictures on the internet were taken, but the wonderful patterns that nearly cover both sides are still detectable, as are the small figures that stand either side of the Celtic knotwork cross on the one face. The obverse side also has a knotwork cross.

Please, if you live locally, get onto the council and get this monument elevated to the status it deserves.

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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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