Ballynacloghy : Portal Tomb

Grid RefM 348 199
Longitude8° 58' 34.85" W
Latitude53° 13' 31.87" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGalway (7.1 Km)
OS Sheet52
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th June 2002

I was subjected to a lesson in elemental appreciation while visiting this wonderfully located tomb. It is situated at the end of a long narrow coastal bay, up which the wind blasts. The weather was not too pleasant anyway, but here it was whipped into a frenzy - the rain swirling all around and the seea crashing against the rocks just 50m away in an inspring demonstration of the power of nature. Even without the presence of a tomb here I would have been shaken.

The tomb is somewhat collapsed, which is hardly surprising considering the enormous size of the stones used to make it. The capstone has slipped partially and pushed the portal stones outwards. One wall of the 1.8m cubic chamber is missing.

I imagine that the nature of this monument changes with the weather being so close to the sea. To me it was oppressive and dark. On a sunny day with gulls circling over head and the sea in a soft swell it may be the loveliest thing around. I might return one day to find out.

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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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