Sralaghagh : Court Tomb

Grid RefG 071 380
GPSG 07144 38031 (3m)
Longitude9° 25' 33.13" W
Latitude54° 16' 57.2" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallycastle (3.4 Km)
OS Sheet23
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th April 2009

When I set out to look for this site I did not hold out much hope of finding, as it is buried in a peat bog. I was hoping to find some people cutting peat and perhaps get some local help. There was no one around, so I blundered around the hillside trying to stay within 100m of the coordinates I had for the site. I was close to giving up when I spotted the edge of a slab amongst the heather. I'd found it.

The slightly exposed stone that caught my eye is one of two massive roofstones that remain in place. These are supported by two layers of corbels, which in turn rest upon the narrow, apparently well trimmed, orthostats of the gallery. Both ends of the gallery have been opened up for some reason, so it is difficult to judge the original size of the monument. The bit that is visible is around 1.5m wide and 4m long. Sadly this peat-buried monument has suffered a lot more than that at Carrowleagh (County Mayo), where the rear of the gallery is still there.

The gallery of this site has either not been cleared or has filled up over time so that just the top 20cm or so of the orthostats are visible. At the end below the exposed stone there is what appears to be drystone walling visible outside the roofed section, so the court to this monument may have been constructed in a similar manner to that at Behy (County Mayo) not too far away.

A word of warning to the visitor. Approach this site from the road to the south. Do not drive along the track from the farm to the northeast unless you have a very good 4x4.

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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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