'Rath Cruachan' : Rath

Grid RefM 800 836
Longitude8° 18' 12.88" W
Latitude53° 48' 5.52" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownElphin (9 Km)
OS Sheet33
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Milleen Meva - Rathcroghan - Artificial MoundMisgaun Meva - Rathcroghan - Standing Stone
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th July 2003

This is the main rath at Rath Cruachan. It is on the south side of the N5 as you drive NW from Tulsk and has a good sized car park.

The remaining mound is quite huge, some 60m in diameter and 4m high. The top shows faint signs of foundations, which appear as bumps and lumps in the grass.

The site is steeped in history, being the location of the final battle when Queen Maeve came looking for the Brown Cow that was stolen from her.

Ringforts are small (usually) circular enclosures formed by digging one or more fosses and piling the extracted earth to form a bank inside the ditch(es). Each structure would have been the homestead of just one family.

The size and number of banks area good indication of the status of the former inhabitants when compared with other local sites.

Most of them date from the late Bronze Age or the early Christian period.

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Saturday, 24th July 2010

This was the first stop on the 2010 Megalithomania Meet-Up. The weather was not being kind to us, with a misty rain making it difficult to see anything or to hang around for too long. We actually saw more of this massive mound throughout the rest of the day from the other sites we visited.

Even in the rain the size of this mound is impressive. When you stand on the top and can't see the edges (the misty rain was that bad briefly) you are given a sense of massive scale. However, it is the presence of this site in the landscape of all the other monuments that makes it so impressive and important.

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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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