Ballinlough : Barrow

Grid RefR 993 747
GPSR 99328 74684 (8m)
Longitude8° 0' 35.89" W
Latitude52° 49' 23.45" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownToomyvara (3.4 Km)
OS Sheet59
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Ballinlough - Standing Stone
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th November 2005

When viewed from the road this barrow looks like a disappointingly gorse covered bump in the field, but closer inspection reveals much more. When viewed from within the field the 50cm high bank that surrounds the 5m diameter flat inner area is very visible. This configuration makes this a fine ring barrow.

Barrows can be quite boring, but this one has a little surprise. On the southwest side there is large stone set into the earthern bank - a most unusual feature. Looking over this stone from the centre of the circle you are aligned with the valley that separates Devilsbit Mountain from the cairn topped Knockanora. To add a little weight to this alignment there is a standing stone some 100m from the barrow which also sits on this line (see subsite).

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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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