Kilgreany : Cave

Grid RefX 176 944
GPSX 17613 94379 (8m)
Longitude7° 44' 34.57" W
Latitude52° 6' 4.19" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDungarvan (8.5 Km)
OS Sheet82
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 6th August 2007

What a thrill to scramble down the bank and into a cave that people have utilised for over 6500 years. I was surprised that the entrance to this limestone cave was sunk below the ground surface in front of it. The entrance is shaped like a rough inverted V and 6m wide at the base.

The interior is very rough and goes back for 8m or so. There is a small channel that leads out to a small entrance further up the escarpment.

When this was excavated in the 1930 and 1940s the remains of Irish elk were found as well as two inhumations. These were of a man and a woman. At first they were reported to be Paeleolithic in date, but carbon dating in the 1990s showed they were approximately 6500 years old, and so from the Neolithic.

Finds went through the Bronze Age (some cremation burials) and right on up to modern times. What a great place. The feeling of continuity is wonderful and standing in the entrance gives one a real thrill.

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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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