'Fore Abbey - Dovecote' : Miscellaneous Site

TownlandFore Abbey
CountyWestmeath
Grid RefN 513 707
Longitude7° 13' 24.58" W
Latitude53° 41' 0.56" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCastlepollard (4.9 Km)
OS Sheet41
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th June 2002

I was quite keen to see this as I'd often seen 'Dovecote' marked on the OS maps and always wondered what form they would take. I knew it would not be a white wooden box on a pole, but I didn't really expect this.

Several rows of little holes form most of a circular building all made out of rough stone slabs. What remains here is, judging from a nearby sign, just the bottom of what would have been a 6-8 foot tall, roofed building.

It really is a quite fascinating place. Being raised up above abbey it offers some splendid views.

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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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