Banagher : Portal Tomb

Grid RefN 471 997
GPSN 47123 99697 (7m)
Longitude7° 16' 56.19" W
Latitude53° 56' 39.88" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCavan (7.3 Km)
OS Sheet34
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 14th October 2006

You never know what to expect when visiting portal tombs. They can be very ruined or wonderfully architectural. The one thing I rarely wonder about is their size, which is why the petiteness of this one took me by surprise. The one remaining portal stone is just 1m tall and the chamber is just 1m square.

The capstone lies to one side of the tomb and a pile of assorted stones lie at its rear. The farmer told me that his dad told that the capstone was thrown off the tomb by a local strongman for a bet. Whether this is a true story or the folkloric remnant of a tale of giants we'll never know for sure. The site, like many others, is known as The Giant's Grave.

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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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