Ardabrone : Portal Tomb

Grid RefG 550 343
Longitude8° 41' 25.93" W
Latitude54° 15' 19.74" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownStrandhill (6.5 Km)
OS Sheet25
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th August 2003

Everything apart from the capstone seems to be here, but the stones are of such odd proportions that it just doesn't seem right. Every one is big and bulky and has bits sticking out, making it look very odd.

The monument points roughly eastwards towards Knocknarea, but it is built on the far side of a low hill which completely cuts out this line of sight. In a field on the opposite side of the road is a large pointed boulder which is sitting on the axis of the tomb. Curious.

The sea is just visible to the north through a small gap.

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Sunday, 22nd August 2010

The views from here are quite wonderful - the mountains to the south make a fine backdrop. The views to the north, which would be to the sea, are restricted by the slope of the field that the tomb stands in.

While we were here we had a chat with the farmer. He told us a bit of folklore about the monument:

There was a cow that used to live inside the chamber that would fill whatever container you placed beneath its udders with milk, and would never go dry. One day someone got greedy and placed a sieve beneath the cow to fill many jugs with milk. The cow realised what was going on and kicked off the capstone and ran away.

This tale is similar to others from around the country. I think it is a tale made up at some point to explain the destruction of the tomb. It would have been bad luck to destroy such a monument, but if one of your few cows was stuck inside you would have no choice but to remove stones to get it out.

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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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