'ToberBridhe' : Holy Well

Grid RefS 825 600
Longitude6° 46' 47.61" W
Latitude52° 41' 5.77" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBunclody (9.4 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th February 2003

With so many bullaun stones and wells dedicated to St. Bridget, formerly the Celtic Goddess Brigid, in this area I get the feeling that Kildare may have stolen her! Anyway, this well is situated between a river and the bullaun stone in the churchyard and, although it is most definitely a Catholic Holy Well now, it just oozes 'pre-Christian'-ness.

The well 1.5m below the ground and is accessed down a few steps and protected by a stone hood.

A small, man made, hemi-spherical depression used as decoration on stones, usually no more than a few centimetres in diameter. They are quite often found with one or more rings around them.

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Myshal is on the R724 15km east of Bagenalstown. When in the town look for the old church or ask for directions to the holy well.

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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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