Crohaun : Cairn

CountyWaterford
Grid RefS 275 006
GPSS 27503 00598
Longitude7° 35' 53.13" W
Latitude52° 9' 23.96" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDungarvan (7.7 Km)
OS Sheets75, 82
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
Hide map  (N.B. Google Maps & GPS readings are slightly out of sync - position is approximate)
Show inline map (by Google Maps)

Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th February 2007

Most of the cairns I have visited in Waterford so far have been quite small, so I was not expecting anything this big. It's very large - about 30m in diameter and over 3m high. There is no kerb . A modern cross (painted white and blue was erected on the cairn in 1987 (I think). The OS trig point has also been painted bright blue. There is a walkers' shelter built from the cairn on its south side.

To the south the view is spectacular, looking over Dungarvan and the many bays around the coast. To the northeast the Knockmealdown Mountains can be seen. On this day they appeared to be floating on a bed of mist. From the cairn you can see the standing stone and cairns in the pass below.

A kerb is a ring of stones placed around the perimeter of a burial mound or cairn. It basically serves the purpose of a retaining wall to keep the cairn or earth in place. Kerbs are usually associated with passage tombs, but do occur on court tombs and wedge tombs too.

Sometimes on passage tombs the stones can bear decoration, such as at Newgrange (County Meath).

A kerb is a ring of stones placed around the perimeter of a burial mound or cairn. It basically serves the purpose of a retaining wall to keep the cairn or earth in place. Kerbs are usually associated with passage tombs, but do occur on court tombs and wedge tombs too.

Sometimes on passage tombs the stones can bear decoration, such as at Newgrange (County Meath).

Click Thumbnail to View Full Size Image

_____

Like this monument

Marked Sites

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Cairns

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.

Valid CSS Valid HTML
Page loaded from cache: (Generation time: April 23 2018 08:25:13.)
Top of page | Feedback | About this site
© Copyright Tom FourWinds 2001-2018