'Tober na Fiachtnan' : Holy Well

Grid RefM 300 005
GPSM 30044 00474 (3m)
Longitude9° 2' 35.94" W
Latitude53° 3' 1.35" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyvaghan (10.1 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Wednesday, 17th March 2010

I forgot to add this site in the right order. We actually visited it after Coolnatullagh (County Clare). The well is very unusual. The water is exposed through a hole in the limestone pavement and marked by a large cube of drystone walling. When you enter from the road look diagonally to your right.

There is a large area of land associated with the well, despite its small size. Dotted around this area are many drystone penitentiary cairns and standing stones. Hazel scrub is slowly taking over, but someone had recently been round cutting some of this back.

The monument is still visited a lot. While we were there locals and tourists were walking around the area.

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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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