Magnacool Lower : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefT 163 817
Longitude6° 16' 21.09" W
Latitude52° 52' 25.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAvoca (4.3 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 19th October 2003

What an unexpected treasure! Looking from the track it appears that the site must be covered in overgrowth - gorse and brambles etc, but in reality it is simple hidden in bracken. Well, it was hidden in bracken! I spent 10 minutes or so clearing the area so that I could see it properly.

The gallery is fairly ruinous, but still quite well defined. Standing on opposite sides of the gallery are two halves of a split boulder. Leaning against these, across the east-west line of the gallery is a displaced roofstone. On the north side there are hints of double walling.

The whole monument seems to have been built on top of a rectangular platform of rocks, presumably the remains of the cairn. This is a quiet spot and a pleasant place to sit for a while listening to the sound of the babbling stream 20m to the west.

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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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