Leana : Dubious Site

CountyClare
Grid RefR 269 941
GPSR 26937 94140 (7m)
Longitude9° 5' 17.57" W
Latitude52° 59' 34.97" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (5.6 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th June 2004

Piled up next to a large area of relatively uneroded limestone are three slabs. They were never a tomb, but it is just possible that they were being prepared to make one.

Most of the Burren limestone is eroded so much that the raised areas are very small. I have often wondered where the larger slabs come from and it seems that places like this must hold the key and this hill is one of the reasons why the area holds such a large concentration of tombs.

Westropp noted several raised slabs on the top of around the cairn at Parknabinnia (County Clare) and speculated that they were being lifted to make more tombs. I think these slabs fit into the same category.

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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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