Ballyvatheen : Wedge Tomb

CountyKilkenny
Grid RefS 573 224
Longitude7° 9' 32.41" W
Latitude52° 21' 1.08" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMullinavat (2.2 Km)
OS Sheets75, 76
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th April 2003

This is situated beautifully, but its condition and the fact that the tomb is smothered in gorse really does detract from this.

What can be seen is an east-west gallery with double walling. The west end of the gallery may be split lengthwise and could have been a split portico. The gallery is 4m long and sits in a low mound which could show the extent of the cairn.

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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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