Termonfeckin : High Cross

Grid RefO 142 805
Longitude6° 16' 5.29" W
Latitude53° 45' 41.59" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDrogheda (7.8 Km)
OS Sheet36
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 27th July 2002

I have been keen to see this cross for some time. It is of very early design with some beatiful Celtic patterns. It is one of the only surviving items from the monastery founded here by St. Feichin.

This rarely visited, and seemingly ignored, cross is a real gem amongst the Irish 'high' crosses. It stands an impressive 2.3m tall. The head depicts a crucifixion on the west face (this was probably the original east face) and the last judgement on the (current) east face.

One of the panels, my favourite one on this cross, shows a fantastic La Tene style swirl. If you want to see a good early sculptured cross then this is a fine example and should not be overlooked.

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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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