Rathcobican : Rath

Grid RefN 537 323
GPSN 53693 32366 (5m)
Longitude7° 11' 37.82" W
Latitude53° 20' 19.74" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownRochfortbridge (10.9 Km)
OS Sheet49
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th July 2008

I noticed this rath from the main road to the west as I driving along and so took a quick diversion of take a look. It looked a good example from a distance. I didn't go into the field, but looked at the remains through a gap in the hedge near to Fortfield House.

The GPS reading is for the gap in the hedge, not the centre of the rath, which is about 40m in diameter with banks a little over 1m tall.

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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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