Carrowntarriff : Sweat House

Grid RefM 853 446
Longitude8° 13' 16.65" W
Latitude53° 27' 4.58" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownRoscommon (19.6 Km)
OS Sheet47
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th July 2002

This one taught me a lesson when looking for sweat houses - look down!!!

I was peering all over the edge of the field looking for this one and then I felt several stones beneath my feet that seemed to form an arch - the roof of the sweat house! I was standing on it!

The entrance was well hidden in a hawthorn hedge and unapproachable. Through several holes in the roof I could tell that it was full of plant roots and debris inside.

A useful lesson learnt though.

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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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