'City of Shrone' : Stone Fort

TownlandShrone Beg
CountyKerry
Grid RefW 139 883
GPSW 13873 88323 (5m)
Longitude9° 15' 19.24" W
Latitude52° 2' 25.17" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallydesmond (15.5 Km)
OS Sheet79
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This site has subsites

Shrone Beg - Grave or Cross SlabShrone Beg - Kist
Shrone Beg - Holy Well
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 1st February 2009

This site has seen a long cycle of continuation of use. The earliest part of the site is probably the remains of a megalithic kist at the centre (see sub-site). Today a pattern is still observed at the holy well and cross slabs (see sub-sites). There are several ruined farm building on one side of the inner area, indicating that the cashel was used as a farm yard/homestead at some point.

The cashel itself has suffered on the south side, with a large protion of the wall missing. The northern, eastern and western sections remain to a height of over 1.5m. The walls in these sections is over 3m thick. There are two entrances into the centre. One of these leads to the holy well, just outside the walls.

One of the special things about this location is that the site is overlooked by The Paps of Anu (County Kerry), two of the most sacred hills in Ireland. During my visit here the weather wasn't very good and I wasn't able to see them properly. I'll be back here one day, when I set out to climb The Paps.

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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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