Sheebeg : Passage Tomb

CountyLeitrim
Grid RefH 027 069
GPSH 02656 6914 (8m)
Longitude7° 57' 34.14" W
Latitude54° 0' 41.02" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDrumshanbo (6.6 Km)
OS Sheet33
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th May 2004

The hill of Sheebeg is a north-south aligned ridge to the south of Lough Scur. At the highest point is a singule gorse encrusted mound 6m high and around 20m in diameter. At the time of this visit the gorse was in full bloom forming a shining yellow dome on the hill as if the sun had set into it.

The most amazing thing about this spot is that the reason behind the arrangement of the tombs on Sheemore becomes very obvious - it is as if this site is where Sheemore (north tomb) (County Leitrim) is supposed to be viewed from. This other hill dominates Sheebeg in a way I have seen few other hills manage: it truly is an impressive sight.

Throughout the rest of the day I was to be reminded of the presence of Sheemore over and over again.

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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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