Meelick : Round Tower

CountyMayo
Grid RefM 330 974
Longitude9° 1' 11.71" W
Latitude53° 55' 17.7" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBohola (3 Km)
OS Sheet32
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th August 2002

As I drove towards this I realised that I'd taken the wrong turn and so had to drive an extra 3km around the site. This was no bad thing as I could see how well place it is because I could see the tower, which is situated on a little knoll, at all times.

There are just four very nicely constructed floors remaining now. The door has a rounded top and the windows on the south side are pointed at the top in stark contrast to the northern windows which are simply square.

A the base of the tower is one almighty grave slab with a cross and 'celtic' patterned border.

I sat in front of the tower and watched swallows dart in and out of the doorway for ten minutes. I am always amazed at the speed with which they shoot around. They must have great brakes.

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Sunday, 6th July 2003

Despite having been here previously I thought it would be a nice spot to stop off and have a cup of coffee before heading home proper.

It was dusk as I sat here and the huge orange lamps situated at the bottom of the tower were lighting it up most splendidly. I'm not sure about wasting electricity on lighting up a remote monument like this, but it did look nice.

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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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