Little Curragh : Barrow Cemetery

Grid RefN 750 143
Longitude6° 52' 41.68" W
Latitude53° 10' 26.09" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKildare (2.3 Km)
OS Sheet55
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 7th February 2010

This area is amazing. I'd looked at it on the map, but until bawn79 (a contributor to our new forums) visited the area I had dismissed it, because I wrongly presumed that the army and racecourse activity in the area would have destroyed much of what's left. It just goes to show that things should always be checked out!

In a roughly two hour walk I saw over 10 barrows and discovered an amazing row of eight small mounds that I have never seen mentioned anywhere before. I think these may be a very significant monument in their own right.

I parked on the north side of the Little Curragh and walked south to wards the golf course and the final barrow in my route plan. It was quite foggy, so I was happy to have the GPS coordinates from bawn79's trip. As well as the ones found by him I came across several others. I will use the numbers assigned to the barrows by bawn79 on The Modern Antiquarian and add mine into the list where appropriate. I do this to make searches on the internet more reliable.

Obviously, this trip will make my home page look rather odd for a while, ass all the new images will be of green bumps and mist! However, this trip did complete another one of my goals for this year!

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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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