Bunnafinglas : Wedge Tomb

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Grid RefG 268 099
Longitude9° 7' 2.22" W
Latitude54° 1' 58.94" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownFoxford (5.8 Km)
OS Sheets24, 31
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th August 2002

Despite having signposts from the road this one is a little tricky to find and when you do reach it there is little to see due to the massive amounts of undergrowth that is devouring it.

Someone had obviously made the effort, but I wish they hadn't bothered, because they annoyingly had left some pretty shiny ribbon behind and a few coins. I suppose these people want to make offering to 'gods' that had nothing to do with these sites. Wedge tombs were about ancestor worship, not some mythical mother goddess worship cooked up by some people who want to sell bad books.

I'm sure that Mother Nature will be indebted to whoever left this rubbish when one of her little fluffy bunnies runs through the tomb and gets snared on the ribbon, dying a horrible death by strangulation. Sometimes I wish people would THINK !!!!!!

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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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