Easily accessible, just 20m inside a field and side by side these two large mounds ar pretty overgrown, but in fair condition.
The bank running around the top makes of each rath is still very evident, but they are fairly small. Perhaps the two were used later as a dwelling simultaneously, or the northern one was out grown and the other then built.
The northern one is smaller at 2m high and 18m in diameter, the larger one being 3m high and 25m across.
From Donard head north towards the Hollywood Glen.700m out of Donard you will cross a bridge and passa right turn. There is a modern stone gateway on the left. Shortly after this you will see a bungalow on the left hand side. The raths are in the field opposite.
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.