'St. Colmcille's Well' : Holy Well

Grid RefO 117 254
Longitude6° 19' 32.37" W
Latitude53° 16' 1.88" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTallaght (3.3 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th December 2002

What a strange place. A very well tended spot that is obviously still attended. Above the well and possible (very worn) bullaun is a life sized statue (presumably of St. Colmcille).

The well is signposted and a good path leads to it. From the sign it would appear that patterns may still be held here on June 9th each year. In the field next to the well, just 75m away is a modern cross, but the significance of this is not mentioned anywhere.

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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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