Ferns : Castle

Grid RefT 018 498
Longitude6° 29' 51.72" W
Latitude52° 35' 24.07" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownFerns (0.2 Km)
OS Sheet69
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th October 2002

I have driven through Ferns a few times and I have always wondered about the what the 'logo' on the signs refers to. Well, now I know! It's the castle.

There is just one tower remaining complete with two sections of the wall connected to it. Another, much riuned tower stands close by. Sections of the rock-cut moat are open and very impressive.

Half way up the inside of one of the walls is a fire place that looks too good. It is then that you realise that the windows have been renovated too. However, it still give an impression of what the castle must have been like. A formidable fortress indeed occupying the highest point in Ferns.

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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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