Cappaghbeha Mountain : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefR 660 913
Longitude8° 30' 22.11" W
Latitude52° 58' 17.14" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMountshannon (7 Km)
OS Sheet52
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th October 2003

I really wasn't expecting this one at all. I was walking between two tombs and I spied this one. It is set in the top of one of three mounds and I suspect the other two contain burials or even tombs too. They are definitely of a different make-up to the surrounding land because the vegetation on them is very different.

Like the other monuments around here this one is ruined. The main structural stones are heaped up and a single tall stone stands at the west end. Once again the views are great, with Lough Derg doing its trick of sitting on top of the opposite hillside.

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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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