'Cairn X3' : Cairn

TownlandPatrickstown Hill
CountyMeath
Grid RefN 595 779
GPSN 59522 77857 (5m)
Longitude7° 5' 51.65" W
Latitude53° 44' 48.91" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownOldcastle (4.8 Km)
OS Sheet42
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Loughcrew - Patrickstown - Patrickstown - Passage Tomb Cemetery
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th November 2006

Cairn X3 is a poor one. Only one stone on the western side remains of the kerb . A raised area indicates the extent of the cairn and gorse bushes cover its southern area.

A kerb is a ring of stones placed around the perimeter of a burial mound or cairn. It basically serves the purpose of a retaining wall to keep the cairn or earth in place. Kerbs are usually associated with passage tombs, but do occur on court tombs and wedge tombs too.

Sometimes on passage tombs the stones can bear decoration, such as at Newgrange (County Meath).

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Directions

Patrickstown Hill can be reached in two ways. You can park at the main Loughcrew parking site, climb Carnbane East where cairn T is and then wander over to Patrickstown Hill, or you can park on the east side of the hill and follow the track that starts opposite the small car park there (N 603 782). To find this car park follow the N154 south from Oldcastle towards Kells. The car park is about 7km from Oldcastle on the left. To reach Cairns X1, X2 & X3 follow this track until it opens out into a meadow. In front of you there will be a big thicket of gorse bushes. The cairns are on the opposite side of these.

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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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