Carrownalurgan : Ring Fort

Grid RefL 981 834
GPSL 98145 83420 (7m)
Longitude9° 32' 44.5" W
Latitude53° 47' 25.22" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownWestport (2 Km)
OS Sheet31
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th January 2007

I wouldn't have stopped here normally, especially as it was getting late and I wanted get home, but the signpost attracted my attention. Like all the signposts on the Clewbay Archaeological Trail you are not told what you are going to see until you see it. There is an explanatory notice board at each site and this does tell you what the next and previous sites are on the trail, but the actually directional signposts just say 'Site 11 2.5 km >'

There is not a great deal to see here, but being so close to Croagh Patrick there is one heck of a view! The ringfort is in good condition. The 40m diameter central area is bounded by a 1m high bank, but this is nearly all hidden by enormous gorse bushes that grow around the rim of the bank and down its outer sides.

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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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