Whitestown East : Portal Tomb

Grid RefS 425 138
Longitude7° 22' 38.25" W
Latitude52° 16' 27.68" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarrick-On-Suir (8.6 Km)
OS Sheet75
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th June 2003

Walking down the slope from the farmhouse towards this tomb brings about a sense of anticipation that is not fully justified when you finally reach it. You can see that there is a considerable amount of vegetation covering the front of the tomb, but you do expect to find a little more of it.

The capstone ie a splendid 4m long quartz-pebble-encrusted mudstone, probably of local origin, and features a large piece of quartz set centrally in its upper surface.

There are just two other stones present. One is an upright portal stone upon which the capstone still rests. The other lies prone within the chamber and could be the second portal stone. If so then it would make this tomb very similar to nearby Ballyquin.

A fast flowing stream runs around the bottom of the field and fills the air with a lovely bubbling sound that, on my visit, was broken only by birdsong.

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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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