Creevykeel : Court Tomb

Grid RefG 719 545
Longitude8° 25' 59.22" W
Latitude54° 26' 17.43" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGrange (7.7 Km)
OS Sheet16
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 6th April 2002

I don't think I can say anything about this site that hasn't already been said by many people. What an incredible place! Truly unbelievable in its scale and design.

The huge 60m long, 20m wide trapezoidal cairn houses a full court at the east, two chambers in the center, each 5m in length and four sudsidary chambers to the rear that are possibly of the passage tomb class.

Most of the kerb and in fill is still present and the only thing to put any sort of dampener on this wonder is the wall surrounding it which is far too close. I can not (nor will I ever) know why a little more land is not purchased with these sights.

It is very hard to appreciate the scale of this monster site while standing next to it I feel a raised gallery to one end would be a great improvement (well, the surrounding wall ruins any views and openess a site like this should have).

The 10m x 8m court houses a small iron smelting area too, presumably the workers were trying to gain some power from this site.

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Sunday, 7th September 2003

After the 'realness' of Tamnaharry (County Down) I thought the refurbished-ness of Creevykeel would be a good comparison for Uta, my wife, to get a good idea of how these magnificent monuments would have looked.

While standing around I couldn't help but with that the trees to the east be cut down to allow a full view through to the sharp edged mountains on the horizon.

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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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