Killucan : Cross

CountyWestmeath
Grid RefN 567 516
Longitude7° 8' 42.85" W
Latitude53° 30' 40.76" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMullingar (13.1 Km)
OS Sheet42
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th June 2002

Tucked away in a little road side enclosure are the stumps of three late wayside crosses (16th Cnetury). They are currently hidden away beneath and behind the branches of a tree that is imposing itself from the neighbouring garden and the enclosure itself is knee high in weeds. This does not seem to be a recent occurrence as one of the branches is some 7cm thick. The crosses are in danger of becoming more damaged by this tree.

The lack of care for these monuments is terrible. Although they are damaged surely they deserve to be respected a little more than this.

Only one of the crosses originally stood here, the others were moved here to join it when the enclosure was built, I think.

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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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