Kilteel : Church

CountyKildare
Grid RefN 986 212
Longitude6° 31' 23.69" W
Latitude53° 13' 55.39" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKill (4.9 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Kilteel - Grave or Cross Slab
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 18th August 2002

There is not a lot left of the actual church ruins anymore, but inside there are two brick built pillars which have parts of the origial romanesque carvings built into them. In the surrounding fields there are remains of the old castle which was quite extensive.

Of the carvings there are some very interesting ones. The is a fine Adam and Eve scene, David carrying Golliath's head on a stick, two Norman figures wrestling or hugging, a bishop, a hippogriff attacking someone and several fine capitals (and sections of columns and chevroned pieces) with bearded faces. On these the moustaches and beards spread our and intertwine into lovely knotted patterns.

My favourite and most obsucre carving is of a headless, crouching beast supporting a flower. On the flower sit two people in X fashion (facing each other, the one on the others lap with legs intertwined).

This little ruin is well worth a visit.

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Directions

From Dublin take the N81 south. After you pass the hospital take the second right (sign-posted to a golf course). Carry on over the first cross roads. You will go around a sharp left bend and then a sharp right, after another 2km you will come to another cross roads. Turn left here and continue into the village of Kilteel. Go past a right hand turn and take the next left. 300m along you will see the church yard in a field to your right. There is a gateway that you can park in 100m after the castle ruins at the roadside.

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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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