Parknabinnia : Court Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefR 265 936
GPSR 26479 93569 (3m)
Longitude9° 5' 41.65" W
Latitude52° 59' 16.28" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (5.3 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 21st September 2008

I had heard of this site on many occasions, but I was starting to think it didn't really exist, because noone could tell me where it was. Then, recently, Marianne left rough directions in my Guestbook, so I had to check it out for myself while I was down here.

This is truly a spectacular monument! There is a narrow court leading into a two-chambered gallery. The two chambers are separated by a full wall of limestone slabs.

Court tombs usually have large, chunky entrance stones flanking the entrance from court to gallery. This isn't possible with limestone slabs, so the builders created boxes to give the appearance of a chunkier structure.

The small, trapezoidal cairn is still present to the height of the gallery. There are some unusual labs stood on their edge that run through the cairn in seemingly random directions.

To reach the monument head down the hill from the main roadside Parknabinnia tomb directly away from the road until you come to a wall that blocks your way. Walk along this wall to the left and lookout for where a path crosses it. Looking through the gap you should see a clearing with a large boulder in the middle of it. Go through this clearing into the field beyond. Once into this field turn to the right and follow the hedgerow. You can't miss the tomb.

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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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