Ballyglass : Court Tomb

Grid RefG 098 379
GPSG 09757 37859 (3m)
Longitude9° 23' 8.54" W
Latitude54° 16' 53.32" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallycastle (0.8 Km)
OS Sheet23
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th April 2009

Compared with the neighbouring tomb in the same townland this is a very poor specimen. Actually, it's unfair to use the other Ballyglass tomb as a comparison to anything - this one's poor full stop.

The remains are at the roadside in a boggy field. There is an arc of stones that probably came from the court and several set stones that don't really indicate what part of the structure they came from. There is a mass of brambles near to the arc of stones that may be hiding more structure.

It is shocking how two sites so close to each other can have been treated so differently over the years.

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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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