Kilmonaster Middle : Passage Tomb

Grid RefH 272 976
GPSH 27186 97597 (3m)
Longitude7° 34' 37.1" W
Latitude54° 49' 31.46" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCastlefinn (2.7 Km)
OS Sheets6, 12
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th August 2008

The near total destruction of the passage tomb cemetery at Kilmonaster Middle is possibly one of the biggest tragedies to befall the megalithic monuments of Ireland. There was once around 8 passage tombs here, but only a few remain - and these are pretty ruined.

This example is nestled against a hedgerow at the bottom of a field, just below the site of the main cruciform passage tomb in the same townland (I didn't have time to find the remains of this.)

The site is a bit of a jumble, with displaced orthostats that could be from the passage or chamber and a large roofstone that lies inside this 'chamber'. It is this roofstone that provided me with the final surprise of the day ... its upper surface is adorned with lots and lots of cup-marks! Yes ... more rock art on a trip already packed with the stuff!

I will return at some point to check out the scant remains of the other monuments in this area. As well as the passage tombs there are also wedge tombs and a hilltop cairn that overlooks the area.

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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.

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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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