Kilmacduagh : Round Tower

Grid RefM 405 000
Longitude8° 53' 14.33" W
Latitude53° 2' 50.57" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (16.5 Km)
OS Sheet52
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th June 2002

This whole site is very busy, but the many churches and buildings are effectively out of bounds with the doorways blocked up, so that all you can do is look at the outside and peer through windows.

The round tower, though, dominates the area and is now the tallest in Ireland. It is quite wide with a high pitched conical roof that makes it look quite short from a disatance. However, when you get next to it you realise how tall it is. The door seems miles up in the air - it must be 15m up.

The tower also has a curious lean - tilting by 60cm. One side appears to be bulging slightly as if the wall is about to explode.

The complex is very pretty, but not one that you could spend a day at like Glendalough.

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Monday, 7th June 2004

On the way home we stopped off here. It seems like a good place to take a break and wander around for half an hour. When I first came here it was raining and Uta hadn't been before so we took advantage of the good weather and walked around.

Uta found a great piece of old agricultural equipment in a field near to the round tower.

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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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