|Little Curragh I - Barrow|
I have rethought this monument since my visit and initial comment. I do not think that the outer bank is part of the central barrow, but that it is a large rath or ring fort built around it (or the barrow was placed inside when the ring fort was decommissioned). Think of this like Rath na Ri at Hill Of Tara (County Meath) surrounding Cormac's House (County Meath). I think this may have been the central site of this complex. The reason for me thinking this is that there is no inner ditch just inside the outer bank and there are at least two small bumps in the ground that could mark the foundations of houses inside the area.
The inner platform, which is around 50m across, has been decorated with two golf course greens (the 1st and 2nd greens) and a couple of bunkers. Of course, this wouldn't be allowed these days, but when the course was designed it probably looked like a good feature to use.
The area to the immediate west of the enclosure is very wet and boggy, indicating that there may have been a pool or small lake protecting this side of the site.
At the very centre of the site there is a multi-valate barrow. The extra banks could have been added at a later date or perhaps reduced at a later date to make room within the outer enclosure.
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.