Corracloona : Court Tomb

Grid RefG 998 429
GPSG 99753 42898 (6m)
Longitude8° 0' 13.67" W
Latitude54° 20' 4.96" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGarrison (10.9 Km)
OS Sheet17
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 7th April 2002

Having seen pictures of this tomb I was ready for what I saw and I am still amazed by this site. Like many of the French tombs this one has a 'kennel hole' entrance, in its door slab, that leads into a 2m x 3.5m chamber.

The court is quite narrow and shallow but extremely well formed. To one side of the court there is a secondary chamber built into the cairn that measures about 1.5m square. The cairn and dry stone walling that holds it in rise to around 1.2m in height.

This is a lovely site which is only slightly ruined by the large tree growing inside the chamber which was not on the earlier photographs that I had seen.

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Sunday, 16th May 2004

After a long walk I needed somewhere to sit, relax and eat something and as I'd recently been told that the tree here had been cut down I decided that this would be a good place.

It took a while driving up and down the road to try and find a safe place to park I finally managed to sit inside the single chamber of the gallery and relax. It does look a lot better without the tree, but it is still a very unusual and interesting site. I just love the 'kennel-hole' doorway!

Despite being so close to the road this is a peaceful enough spot to take time out and relax at.

A compartment in a tomb in which burials were placed. In court tombs and wedge tombs a chamber is a sub-division of the burial gallery. Portal tombs have single chambers and passage tombs can have anything from one to five chambers, although usually passage tombs are considered to have a main chamber with extra subsidary chambers.

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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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