Kilgobbin : Church

Grid RefO 200 238
Longitude6° 12' 6.89" W
Latitude53° 15' 3.62" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (8 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Kilgobbin Cross - High Cross
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Visit Notes

Tuesday, 14th May 2002

Although I've visited the cross on a couple of occasions, for some reason, I have never looked at the church. The weather was so nice last night that I decided to check it out.

The first thing that struck me was not the worn Rathdown stye grave slabs on display within, but the vandalism and litter. Several of the slabs have graffitti on them and the inside of the ruin was littered with empty drinks cans, booze bottle and plastic cups. I cleared a lot of these up before leaving.

As mentioned there are several badly worn slabs of the Rathdown style hung on the wall just like at Rathmichael church. In the small porch there is also a few pieces of architectural remains, bits of arches and such like.

Raised up on a little mound of earth this church is situated in a very nice position in the valley. It's a shame that the modern housing hides the views.

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From The N11 in Dublin take the R113 west and then the R117 south until you reach Stepaside. In Stepaside turn left at the crossroads. After 350m you will see a sign pointing to Kilgobbin Cross up a lane to the left. When you reach the cross the church is on the rise above you to the south of the road.

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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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