Killinure South : Motte

CountyWestmeath
Grid RefN 060 489
GPSN 05590 48923 (5m)
Longitude7° 54' 56.78" W
Latitude53° 29' 25.05" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMoate (16.6 Km)
OS Sheet47
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 22nd June 2008

I was surprised to see how well preserved this structure is as I walked past on the way to the nearby bullaun stone. So much so that I took a closer look when I passed it on the way back.

The mound for the motte is quite low - about 3m and the ditch around it is quite narrow. I think this may originally have been a barrow that was reused for the fortification.

The earthworks marking the extent of the bailey are in very good condition, which is a rarity. These extend out to the north of the motte for about 100m.

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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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