Annagh Upper : Sweat House

Grid RefG 982 264
Longitude8° 1' 39.27" W
Latitude54° 11' 11.32" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDrumkeeran (7.8 Km)
OS Sheet26
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 1st June 2003

What a lovely free-standing sweathouse. This very tall example (over 2m) has a beautiful shape. Unfortunately, it is suffering from a bramble attack around its very tall doorway at the moment and the inside resembles a swimming pool. This meant that I couldn't really get inside this time, but I will be back and I will go equipped next time. Wellington boots and a flame thrower or something should do the job.

I cleared some of the brambles, but to do a good job would have taken a machete! Because of this vegetation my pictures don't really do the building justice, so do not be put off visiting it. This really is a great place.

One word though. Some recent building has made finding the site a little tricky. On the OS map it is quite some distance from any houses, but a new white bungalow has been built in the field infront of it. Fortunately, a good thick hedge pretty much hides this from you.

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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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