Ballyglass : Court Tomb

CountyMayo
Grid RefG 096 382
Longitude9° 23' 17.59" W
Latitude54° 17' 4.24" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallycastle (1.1 Km)
OS Sheet23
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th August 2002

From this point on it was all to be megalithic. And where better to start than a full centre court tomb? Well, when the galleries are completely overgrown with brambles, almost anywhere!

The court is a lovely oval construction, 20m north-south and 8m east-west, with two large rocks forming an entrance passage to the east. The south gallery is totally hidden, but a very large roof stone lies inside the court which probably covered the whole of that gallery. The north gallery is a little more visible, having been opened up at the back, allowing you to see into the (bramble filled) chambers.

To the north of the tomb is a pile of stones, presumably the rest of the north gallery.

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Sunday, 16th March 2003

I had hoped to show Uta, my partner, a beautiful centre court tomb, but sadly this tomb is STILL overgrown with brambles and the farmer seems to have mmade it even more impossible to get to it by wrapping the gate in barbed wire.

Nice to know someone cares! I feel a letter writing campaign coming on about this very, very important site.

Saturday, 7th June 2008

I've no new photos to add. This is because the site is now completely overgrown. Taking photos of a heap of brambles would have been too depressing. I did speak to the landowner, a really nice fella, who told me that he would never allow the site to be cleared, because at some time in the past he'd gotten fed up people disrespecting the site and his land.

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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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