Ballycroum : Wedge Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefR 543 885
Longitude8° 40' 47.67" W
Latitude52° 56' 43.43" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTulla (10.1 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th October 2003

I nealy walked right passed this one on my way to Altoir Ultach (County Clare). It is not very easy to see, especially when you are focusing on the prominent stones of the monument just a few feet away.

This tomb is now just an outline formed by the stones that define its gallery , which are now almost completely buried with in the peat. It is about 1.4m wide and 5m long.

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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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