Meendoran : Rock Art

CountyDonegal
Grid RefC 395 422
GPSC 39507 42170 (5m)
Longitude7° 22' 44.77" W
Latitude55° 13' 29.96" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownClonmany (4.6 Km)
OS Sheet3
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 27th October 2007

Running across the ridge between Lough Naminri and Lough Fada there is a line of rock outcrops. Several of these are carved with cup and ring motifs. In the poor weather on the day of this visit I was only able to locate on carved surface, which is towards the west end of the outcrops.

The panel occupies the highest point of the largest outcrop. The designs are very worn, but it is still possible to make out several cup and ring devices as well as some single cups.

The weird ambient light made it very difficult to take a good photo of the surface and get the designs to stand out. The panel is easy to reach, though, so I'll just have to stop here again in better weather.

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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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