Answer: Approximately 275 kilometres or 171 miles. But the distance from The Ards Peninsula to Dunquin of the Dingle Peninsula is 217 miles. The furthest two points of Ireland from East to West are not directly in a straight line.
Answer: Originally, the practice was rooted in worship of the sun. With the sun rising in the east, it was presumed the same would occur to the soul, or spirit, of the deceased. Centuries later it evolved into simply the traditional method of burial, with little regard to the basis of the practice.