Hollywood Great : Artificial Mound

Grid RefO 154 579
GPSO 15360 57929 (9m)
Longitude6° 15' 32.14" W
Latitude53° 33' 30.88" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLusk (7.2 Km)
OS Sheet43
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th October 2004

This ploughed away mound lies just south of the southern 'peak' of Knockbrack hill. On the highest point is the ugliest radio mast I have ever seen ... and that takes some doing!

This site is, thankfully, all about views to the south. Looking in this direction the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains form a huge barrier. The peaks of the two Sugar Loaf mountains can be clearly seen as can Two Rocks and Howth. Lambay Island is also visible.

Looking north you can see the location of the hillfort on the top of Knockbrack, but I couldn't work out if the trig point I could make out is on the top of the passage tomb that is up there or a very high section of bank from the fort. Whichever it is, it's big!

Around Sunday lunch time this seemed like the most peaceful spot on the planet, but being just 100m from a quarry and landfill site it is obviously not like this during the week.

Anywhere where I can sit and stare at the majestic natural skyline produced by the Wicklows is high on my list of magical places. I can look at these and immediately place myself within the landscape. I am so used to seeing them now from every angle that I know where I am and roughly how far away from home I am as soon as I see them. Shame about the quarry and mast!

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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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