Ballynabrocky : Barrow

CountyWicklow
Grid RefO 074 137
Longitude6° 23' 38.48" W
Latitude53° 9' 46.72" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBlessington (9.5 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 21st December 2003

This massive barrow was built to impress and even though it appears to have been dug in to, it still does just that. The site is best viewed from the road to the north or even from Ballysmuttan Bridge, across the Liffey, 2km to the NW.

The positioning of this mound could not have been more perfect, being on the very edge of the hilltop so that it appears to be on the summit when viewed from afar. Whoever built this one really did know what they were doing - it is visible from a great distance - and it has to be assumed that it was the resting place of somebody very important.

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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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