Banagher : Church

CountyDerry
Grid RefC 676 066
GPSC 67756 06597 (7m)
Longitude6° 56' 37.15" W
Latitude54° 54' 8.66" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDungiven (3.2 Km)
OS Sheet7
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th July 2002

This is a sweet little church notable for a few things. There is a nice Romanesque window, two carved capitals and a heavily lintelled, square doorway.

In the grave yard there is a large shrine-tomb - the tomb of a saint in the shape of a house - that is 1.9m tall and 3m x 1.6m in plan. This has a steeply pitched roof. There is no hole for reaching in and touching the saints bones in this one.

At the east end of the yard is a plane cross and beyond that (actually moved in front of a nearby barn at the time of this visit) is a bullaun stone with one large and one shallow bullaun cup.

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Sunday, 29th October 2006

There aren't many good tomb-shrines left, so I've wanted to come back and see this one for a long time. Today was the perfect opportunity. I'd forgotten how large it is! Hopefully the photos I took today will show it off a little better than the previous ones.

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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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