Ballaghaglash : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefR 373 995
Longitude8° 56' 5.75" W
Latitude53° 2' 33.08" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (13.9 Km)
OS Sheet52
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th June 2002

I should be ashamed of myself! I nearly forgot this one. Situated on the incredible Burren moonscape terrain this tomb is somewhat ruined.

The walls have collapsed and the roof lies to one side. It is easy to see how the builders wedged the wall slabs into the cracks in the limestone pavement when constructing these.

One thing that is of note here is the one side. It seems to have a large, 60cm round hole in it and a matching round stone that would have plugged it.

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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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