Rathvilly : Motte

CountyCarlow
Grid RefS 890 818
Longitude6° 40' 40.31" W
Latitude52° 52' 47.18" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltegan (5.6 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 29th March 2002

A lovely purt motte. This must have been built to defend and protect the crossroads it stands by.

The mound is almost perfectly hemispherical and about 5m tall. There is a little gate in the wall around its base that allows you to climb onto the top.

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Directions

Take the N81 south until you enter Rathvilly and turn left. At the first cross roads turn right and the motte is imediately on your right.

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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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