Glenwanish : Wedge Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefR 667 916
Longitude8° 29' 44.71" W
Latitude52° 58' 27" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMountshannon (6.6 Km)
OS Sheet52
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th October 2003

This is the lowest of three mounds, Glenwanish (County Clare) being the topmost. Only two stones remain here, so there's not much to see - apart from the view that is! Lough Derg has gone from this site, you can no longer see it, but looking back up the hillside along the line of the three mounds is quite spectacular. Also, on the opposite hilltop the true outline of what I believe could have been a recumbent figure really does stand out from here.

The whole ridge opposite is packed with mounds, many of which are certain to be man-made. There is so much in this valley. One can only begin to imagine the importance it must have once held.

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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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