Doonane : Sweat House

Grid RefR 787 654
Longitude8° 18' 55.42" W
Latitude52° 44' 21.58" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNewport (6.8 Km)
OS Sheet59
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th November 2002

I need a t-shirt printing that says 'Born to go the hard way!' Due to there being some writing on the OS map where a track is I set off in a very odd direction indeed. I only discovered this on the way back to the car, which took a fraction of the outward journey time.

Also I didn't see the signpost from the track to the sweat house until I was leaving. I scrambled about on the hillside and was getting very frustrated because the rough guess at co-ordinates from the map was proving hopeless. So, I stopped, listened and heard the stream running beneath the bushes about 10 yards away. Right! It is here somewhere. i looked around and realised that I was standing about 4m behind it.

So I scrambled down and was surprised at how good its condition is. The roof has collapsed slightly (two of the capping stones lie inside, but the 1.6m tall chamber retains quite a lot of its corbelling. The inner sanctum is actually quite large, around 1.4m square. The door is about 70cm tall, 40cm wide and lintelled with two thin slabs. The base of the wall in the doorway is around 1m thick. Like so many it is built into the bank behind it.

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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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