Tirkane : Sweat House

Grid RefC 827 025
Longitude6° 42' 42.86" W
Latitude54° 51' 48.09" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMaghera (3.3 Km)
OS Sheet8
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th July 2002

This is probably the best chance people will have to see a good sweathouse. This is because this is the only sweathouse in state care and an easy track leads the 250m from the car park, past a picnic area and down to the absolutely fabulous stream side location.

To one side of the sweathouse is a little well (now moved from its original position, probably for safety reasons), which would have been used like a plunge pool after using the sweathouse.

Access into the rectangular chamber is via a very tiny doorway, but a hole in the roof allows you to see ok once inside. Unfortunately, it allows you to see where all the idiots have carved their names on the stones that make up the inner walls. Perhaps this should teach us that it is not always a good idea to encourage folks to visit these places.

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Sunday, 18th October 2009

After a few megalithic tombs I thought I'd bring Elizabeth to something more recent, quite interesting and very picturesque. This lovely, secluded spot is wonderful, even on a miserable day like this one.

One thing I did notice today is a strange curving wall just above the little plunge pool. Was this an earlier sweathouse or was it built to stop the hillside slipping into the pool?

The walk down to the streamside spot is quite slippery when wet, so take care on the steps, especially the last few.

Like this monument

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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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