'Loughgur' : Wedge Tomb

TownlandLough Gur
CountyLimerick
Grid RefR 646 403
Longitude8° 31' 17.34" W
Latitude52° 30' 46.87" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBruff (4.3 Km)
OS Sheet65
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th April 2002

This is one of the best preserved wedge tombs you will find. The main chamber still retains its roof stones and the portico, although devoid of roof stones, is very clear. The double walling too is evident on both sides of the chambers.

It is aligned north east-south west, with the portico at the south west end, and about 9m in length. The portico measures 1.5m long x 2m wide. The whole structure is 3.5m wide when the double walling is taken into account. A few large stones lay scattered about that may once have been kerb stones.

It is possible to squeeze inside and experience extreme claustrophobia! The chamber is no more 70cm tall at the NE end rising to 1.2m at the SW end.

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Sunday, 5th July 2009

After traveling around the country and seeing so may wedge tombs I can now appreciate how good this one is. It's completeness puts it in an elite group of well-preserved monuments of this type.

It started to rain while we were here (the first of many showers throughout the day) and we took cover under the trees at the rear of the monument. During this period of sheltering several groups of people parked, ran up the bank, looked at the stones and scurried off again. It's great to see people visit these places, but you get the impression that they're just stopping because it's on the tourist map; not because they want to see it.

I didn't crawl inside this time - I'm too old for all that. When the rain stopped we took a group photo before continuing around to the visitor centre and on to Knockadoon.

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Directions

From Bruff take the R512 north. At the first cross roads turn right. After 2km you will see the tomb on your right.

Miscellanea

The sign at this tomb states a story dating from the 18th century. Apparently at this time the tomb was still covered by a mound of stones and an old woman lived inside. When she died the cairn was removed.

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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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