'St. Mary's Priory' : Church

TownlandLouth
CountyLouth
Grid RefH 956 014
Longitude6° 32' 36.93" W
Latitude53° 57' 10.9" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLouth (0.3 Km)
OS Sheet36
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 16th June 2002

When I was here the grass in the graveyard was nearly waist deep and as it had just been raining I got soaked just walking around. It took me a little while to find the way in to the courtyard and for a while I could only see tantalizing glimpses of the arched windows over the high walls.

Once in the graveyard you will see the grand facade of this 13th century building. A sign at the gate tells of the many times that the site was burned down and that some of the carvings here point to a romanesque church occupying the site before the current building. I could see none of these.

For the whole time that I was inside the actual ruins of the church the crows were going mental, flying around and 'caw'-ing manically.

Against one wall of the enclosure there is a small cell which looks as old in design as St. Mochta's Church in the field outside. In side this cell is a graveslab, which doesn't appear to be very old.

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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.

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