It is good to see this cross standing, but it is disappointing to note that a large part of it is missing. The cross base is splendid and the carving is still visible.
About 40cm of the pillar remain and then there is 1.3m of concrete before the crosshead. I imagine it must have lay in the ground for a while and a lot of the carving has faded.
Along with the church this site is well worth a look.
The cross seems even more eroded now than on my last visit, but this could be because the weather was more dull. Last time I was here I had a bit of sunlight to cast some shadows.
The seats of the court at the rear of the church have rotted away now, making dangerous/impossible to view the back of the cross head safely. The rest of this cross must be around somewhere. Surely it's worth a bit of archaeology to try and find it.
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From Graiguenamanagh take the R705 north for 4.7km and turn right. After about 1.2km you will come to Ullard church on your left. The cross is to the rear of the church on the right.
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.