Abbeylara : Sheela-na-Gig

Grid RefN 366 796
Longitude7° 26' 41.77" W
Latitude53° 45' 52.89" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGranard (3.5 Km)
OS Sheet41
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th October 2002

The current remains (just a few walls and a partial tower) date from the 1100s, but the site is said to date back to 460 when none other than St. Patrick himself visited here. I visited here because I looked at my map and saw a green circle penned around the site with the letters 'EX' next to it - indicating 'Exhibitionist'.

This is the main point of interest here - the 'Sheela-na-Gig' that is located on the inside wall about 10 feet up. It is extremely worn and the features are not really very clear.

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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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