Slievethoul : Passage Tomb

Grid RefO 019 228
GPSO 01874 22839 (4m)
Longitude6° 28' 25.34" W
Latitude53° 14' 46.17" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKill (7.9 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th April 2006

If the trees all over the top of Saggart Hill hadn't recently been felled I doubt that I'd have found these remains very easily. As it is the grassy platform that constitutes what's left of the cairn is easy to see in the middle of the brown tree stumps.

Walking across the top of the platform you can tell that it is a cairn by the way that your ankles try to twist and snap every other step on the uneven surface. There is a slight dip around the circumference which may have been a ditch, but mmay just be a consequence of the plantation around it. The trees used to grow right up to the site, but they won't be allowed to do that again this time and will have to leave a good area around it.

The cairn is 1m high and 25m in diameter.

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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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