Bal of Dookinelly : Court Tomb

Grid RefF 655 070
GPSF 65514 07002 (3m)
Longitude10° 3' 3.33" W
Latitude53° 59' 40.89" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDoagh (5.4 Km)
OS Sheets30, 22
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 30th May 2009

The last time that I'd looked for this site I was about 200m out and totally failed to locate it. Obviously, this time I had a bit more luck.

The gallery is well preserved and formed of large stones. The entrance jambs appear to have been removed and the destruction of the court makes it difficult to know which end of the N-S aligned gallery is the front.

Two massive opposing jambs split the gallery into to chambers. The gap between these stones is blocked by a large upright slab, but it is not clear if this is an original feature.

To the south of the gallery there is a collection of large stones that may have originally come from the court, but these are now arranged in a very strange way to form a rectangular(ish) area - perhaps house foundations(?)

What does remain of the gallery is worth the short walk from the road above and really should be signposted like the court tomb in Keel East on the hillside above that is harder to reach.

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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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