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1.6 km (1.0 miles) NW of Athy, Kildare, Ireland
Approx. altitude: 58 m (190 ft)
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Antipode: 53°S 173°E

Accuracy: 7 m (22 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The bus stop in Athy on the trip from Dublin #3: North #4: South #5: West #6: GPS #7: Street signs at the bridge over the canal, looking back towards Athy #8: A lock on the canal. The confluence is just a little ways up this road, on the right #9: A friendly horse that was grazing next to the canal #10: A view of the canal #11: A bit of Athy history #12: Fishing notice, in eight languages #13: Another canal view, with: man walking dog, boat, and two horses

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  53°N 7°W (visit #4)  

#1: My GPS indicated the confluence is a few feet outside the front door

(visited by Dave Patton)

28-Jun-2008 -- This is the first confluence visit on a 25-day confluence hunting trip in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, and Canada.

OK, that's stretching things a bit! I did visit this confluence, as well as confluences in Northern Ireland, England, and Canada, but it was during a 25-day trip to visit relatives and research some family history.

The trip started by flying from Victoria, BC, Canada to Dublin, Ireland, where we stayed at Trinity College. After a couple of days exploring the city, on Saturday I took the Éireann bus from the Dublin bus station (Busáras) to the town of Athy (via Naas and Kilcullen).

At the bus stop, my GPS showed the confluence to be 1.27 kilometres away (straight line). I used my GPS to do a 'goto' the confluence, and it was easy to 'follow the arrow', walking along the roads until I reached the front of the house where the confluence is located.

I knocked on the front door, and after explaining who I was and why I was there the homeowner gave me permission to be on his property to record the confluence visit. He indicated that the previous visitor (Gordon Spence) had found the confluence to be located just inside the house.

My GPS indicated the confluence is a few feet outside the front door, right on the walkway leading from the gate to the front door. Before I left I thanked the homeowner for the access to his property.

On the walk back to Athy, rather than use the roads, I walked along the banks of the canal. I stopped to 'say hello' to a horse that was grazing next to the canal. It was hard to get a picture of the horse, because each time I stepped back to take the picture, the horse stepped forward, wanting more attention.

Where the canal meets the river I took pictures of a couple of signs, and a view looking back up the canal. I then walked down the road, back to the bus stop for the return trip to Dublin.

The next confluence on this trip was 55°N 7°W.


 All pictures
#1: My GPS indicated the confluence is a few feet outside the front door
#2: The bus stop in Athy on the trip from Dublin
#3: North
#4: South
#5: West
#6: GPS
#7: Street signs at the bridge over the canal, looking back towards Athy
#8: A lock on the canal. The confluence is just a little ways up this road, on the right
#9: A friendly horse that was grazing next to the canal
#10: A view of the canal
#11: A bit of Athy history
#12: Fishing notice, in eight languages
#13: Another canal view, with: man walking dog, boat, and two horses
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)