Oran : Round Tower

Grid RefM 776 694
Longitude8° 20' 20.33" W
Latitude53° 40' 25.84" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallymoe (8.4 Km)
OS Sheet40
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th July 2002

Another very truncated specimen of a round tower. This one reaches just 5m in height, which would appear to be below the height of the original door.

All but one 4m arc is covered in climbing plants making it hard to recognise. Someone has knocked through a hole in the wall through which you can gain entry into the tower.

Nearby are several family vaults and a solitary old stone wall that is all that remains of the church associated with 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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