Mullamast : Ring Fort

CountyKildare
Grid RefS 771 961
Longitude6° 51' 4.34" W
Latitude53° 0' 36.34" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAthy (9 Km)
OS Sheet55
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Thursday, 28th December 2006

This is a massive ringfort. The banks are at least 4m high and the ditch on the south side is 4m wide and 3m deep. As I was unable to enter the field - a rickety gate and a (probably bogus) beware of the bull' sign put me off - I can't say what the measurements are exactly, but it's at least 70m in diamater.

There's a bit of recent history to this site, too. In October 1843 Daniel O'Connell held a repeal meeting here.

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Sunday, 19th April 2009

The gate looked a bit more solid and the bull sign had gone, so I took the opportunity to pay a proper visit to this dark site. There is a stone inside that is inscribed with the details of a group of local leaders who were lured here under a flag of truce and slaughtered in an act of apparent treachery.

The fort is as big as I'd imagined. The banks are enormous and the outer ditch is very well-defined on the north side. The central area is clear apart from the above-mentioned stone that was erected by a local history society.

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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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