'The Ring' : Hill Fort

TownlandNear Dowdenstown Cross Roads
CountyKildare
Grid RefN 923 136
Longitude6° 37' 11.16" W
Latitude53° 9' 53.67" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallymore Eustace (3.4 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 11th November 2001

This looks far more impressive on the map than it is from the ground. The field surrounding it is edged by an electric fence and most of the fortifications are not really visible from the road.

The site does look huge but much of this fort has now gone.

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Directions

From Ballymore Eustace take the R411 and then the second right towards Punchestown. The Ring is on the left after about 2 km.

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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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