Cong : Church

CountyMayo
Grid RefM 147 553
Longitude9° 17' 12.56" W
Latitude53° 32' 26.53" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCong (0.1 Km)
OS Sheet38
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 25th January 2003

For a description of this site I will quote Anthony Weir, who is eminently more qualified to describe this lovely place:

"A late Romanesque doorway has been inserted into the N wall of the abbey. Some of the capitals of the cloister also date from this period, but others - equally fine - are the work of Peter Foy, a local stonecarver employed around 1860 by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness of Ashford Castle. There are three good transitional doorways in the E range. On an island in the clear Cong River is the small 'Monks' Fishing House'."

The doorway, mentioned first above, is wonderful as is the other carving here. The 'Fishing Hut' is a curio. It is built out onto the river like a bridge so that some water flows beneath it, where a trap door may have been used to hang nets down into the river. It is said that this building was 'connected' to the kitchens by a rope, upon the end of which was a bell. Through this the cook would know if there was fish for the menu.

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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.

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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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