Kilgraney : Portal Tomb

CountyCarlow
Grid RefS 702 552
Longitude6° 57' 46.03" W
Latitude52° 38' 36.74" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGoresbridge (2.6 Km)
OS Sheet68
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 29th March 2002

One of the most delightful locations I have visited. Sadly the tomb itself has collapsed but the sound of the babbling stream just 5m away is truly calming and yet exciting at the same time.

As you walk down the field into the dip the view of the capstone and the stream is wonderful. The capstone is now supported on just one stone and measures in excess of 5m x 2.5m. It is a large flat slab about 60cm thick.

Today seems to have a very water based theme and I love it! The whole area seems to venerate water locations.

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Directions

From Boris head north along the R702 for about 5km until you come to a sharp left bend. At the bend turn right and then go left at the fork 200m along. Take the first right and follow the road past a sharp right bend to a sharp left bend. Park here next to the gateway. The tomb in in the field in front of you at the bottom of the slope.

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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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