'Ballyknock (east)' : Portal Tomb

Grid RefG 086 385
GPSG 08585 38514 (2m)
Longitude9° 24' 14.03" W
Latitude54° 17' 13.75" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallycastle (2.1 Km)
OS Sheet23
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th July 2003

I am notr 100% sure that I found the right thing here. After getting back home I checked the Survey for Mayo and the description therein is much different from the few stones I found.

This is (possibly) a total ruin!

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Sunday, 5th April 2009

I was able to confirm that this is the correct pile of rocks. Shame. I did notice, though, a large slab in a nearby hedgerow that is large enough to have been the capstone of a portal tomb.

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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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