Ballyfolan : Cairn

Grid RefO 048 196
Longitude6° 25' 51.42" W
Latitude53° 12' 59.38" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTallaght (8.8 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th September 2001

This is the southern most of two kerbed cairns on this stretch of road. Several rocks pierce its mound, although they may just be field rubble piled in top. The area is quite serene. Unfortunately the mound is on the wrong side of a substantial ditch and barbed wire fence.

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Sunday, 2nd February 2003

The mound of this has now been severely reduced due to the trampling feet of sheep in the field. The kerb is more visible now, because of this, but I am not sure how long this will remain a mound. If the same deterioration happens over the next year there will just be the kerb left.

A kerb is a ring of stones placed around the perimeter of a burial mound or cairn. It basically serves the purpose of a retaining wall to keep the cairn or earth in place. Kerbs are usually associated with passage tombs, but do occur on court tombs and wedge tombs too.

Sometimes on passage tombs the stones can bear decoration, such as at Newgrange (County Meath).

Like this monument

Marked Sites


From the N81 take the R759 towards Kilbride and follow the sign's for The Sally Gap. After about 3/4 mile take a right hand turn and follow the road. The barrow and cairns are on the left hand side of the road.

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Cairns

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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