|Kilkieran - Bullaun Stone||Kilkieran - Standing Stone|
|Kilkieran - Bullaun Stone||St. Kieran's Well - Kilkieran - Holy Well|
There are actually three crosses here, two very much in the Celtic style with splendid knotwork carvings and bosses on the cross. These are the west and south crosses.
The east cross is a tall, 2.5m, slender cross with tiny 'arms' and a pointed top.
The three together make a spendid arrangement around the possible ruins of an old church.
The graveyard here is (at the time of writing) undergoing some renovation: the walls around the well are being rebuilt. The three crosses here are more varied than any other group of associated crosses I've visited. This is a great little site that deserves more recognition that it usually gets.
As well as the three complete crosses there is a cross-shaft next to the east cross, with some Celtic-style markings.
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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.