Knappaghmanagh : Grave or Cross Slab

Grid RefL 992 805
GPSL 99167 80541 (5m)
Longitude9° 31' 45.3" W
Latitude53° 45' 52.84" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownWestport (4.1 Km)
OS Sheet31
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th January 2007

There are many pictures of this carved slab on the internet showing the wonderful carving in great detail. These must have been taken quite some time ago, because now it is all but impossible to make out the lines. Perhaps with the sun in just the right position you could still catch some of the detail.

The slab stands in the centre of a small killeen or child's graveyard. This is a raised area about 10m in diameter and just under 1m high. The whole of this area is studded with small, unmarked grave slabs, so take care when you walk around - it's potentially ankle breaking. There is a small parking area on the bend to the north of the field and a few steps built in to the wall allowing access.

The one feature of this site that can't be ignored is the fact that it is within the shadow of Croagh Patrick. The views from the site are amazing.

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External Links

Mayo Archaeology 19

Some information and a really good photograph showing how nice this slab once looked.
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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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