Ballyhacket Lower : Grave or Cross Slab

Grid RefS 828 796
Longitude6° 46' 13.81" W
Latitude52° 51' 39.58" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTullow (6.9 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Ballyhacket Lower - Hill Fort
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th November 2001

This grave stone is a most curious thing. I didn't see it the first time I walked past it and so ended up going to the rath (S 831 796) first.

I was surprised to actually see it and amazed that I could have missed it when I walked past. What is most perplexing is it's location - built into a dry stone wall. I think there must have been a church or something here in the past. It was not until I got the photos back that I noticed some writing on the foot of the sarcophagus.

Whoever occupied it could not have been very tall as the inner 'chamber' can not be more that 1.6m.

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From Tullow follow the R418 north past the junction with the R726. Take the next right and drive right up to the house at the far end. Walk through the gate to the right and follow the farm track to a little enclosure. The grave is about 10m past this in the field. The rath can clearly be seen on the ridge if the field is not planted.

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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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