Cullahill : Sheela-na-Gig

CountyLaois
Grid RefS 356 740
Longitude7° 28' 18.96" W
Latitude52° 48' 57.09" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDurrow (6.1 Km)
OS Sheet60
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th February 2008

This is one of the best sheelas I've seen to date. She has a large round head with well-defined features, large saggy breasts and her ribs are showing. Her hands curve around her body and hold her labia open, but the vagina is almost tucked underneath her, which hides it in deep shadow. The curve of her arms give her body a heart-shaped appearance.

She is mounted fairly high up on the southeast wall of a castle, overlooking the next door farmyard. She is best seen from the farmyard, although she can just about be seen from the road once you know where she is.

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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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