'Circle K' : Hut Circle

Grid RefR 642 407
GPSR 64194 40665 (3m)
Longitude8° 31' 39.01" W
Latitude52° 30' 58.58" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBruff (4.5 Km)
OS Sheet65
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th July 2009

At this time of year this site is difficult to make out properly, even from the top of the bank above the monument. Looking through pictures elsewhere (The Modern Antiquarian) it is much better in winter.

The monument consists of two rings of set stones about 1m apart and about 25m in diameter. These rings of stones are the foundation of a large hut. Oddly the site was not leveled before the house was erected, so it must have looked quite odd when it was built - sculpted into the slope.

From here you can look down onto Lough Gur and across the water to Grange Lios (County Limerick) and all the other sites to the west of the former island of Knoackadoon. Living here was probably very safe, because the hill was an island until very recently - the land to the south that now joins the hill to the 'mainland' being reclaimed as a famine relief project.

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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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