'Aughrim' : Wedge Tomb

TownlandThe Slieve Russell Hotel
Grid RefH 289 166
GPSH 18856 16556 (5m)
Longitude7° 42' 42.3" W
Latitude54° 5' 51.68" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyconnel (2.6 Km)
OS Sheets27, 27A
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 14th October 2006

This is one of those, "Why haven't I heard of this site before?" sites. It was moved from the slopes of Slieve Rusheen to its present location in 1992 to save it from quarrying. Excavation revealed three small cists set into the edge of the round cairn and these can be seen at the restored site.

The 5m long gallery is made of shale-like stone that has deteriorated greatly - it was not damaged in transit, but was like that before it was moved. The west-facing entrance is flanked by two large entrance stones with another stone set between them forming a split entrance. One slim roof stone rests on the top of the walls. The walls are supported by buttress stones that are set at right angles to them.

What I want to know is why doesn't the hotel's website mention that they have this wonderful thing in their grounds?

Sunday, 29th June 2008

This is always a weird one to visit. Driving past all the big expensive cars in the hotel car park and then walking into the well-manicured garden to visit the monument is strange. The backdrop of hotel and golf course just adds to the strangeness.

However, the in-a-smart-garden location does add the benefit that the site is maintained pretty well. I say 'pretty well', because today the weeds in the gallery are quite high, so nothing's been done to it for a while. I hope it doesn't go the same way as Baurnadomeeny (County Tipperary) and get left to nature. Somehow I doubt that the hotel will let part of its garden go that way. The information sign could do with replacing or repainting, though.

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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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