Commons North : Wedge Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefR 271 947
GPSR 27089 94739 (9m)
Longitude9° 5' 9.9" W
Latitude52° 59' 54.42" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (6.2 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th June 2004

From this point onwards the weekend became both spectacular and frustrating. It was spectaular because of the wildlife and the views. It was frustrating because the official co-ordinates for most of the monuments are anything up to 200m in error. Luckily the flat Burren landscape helps you to spot monuments from some distance, walls and thorn hedges permitting.

This tomb is ruined. Just one wall slab remains standing (aligned north-south) and a few slabs lie scattered about. The north-south alignment makes it point at the cairns and wedge tomb at Leanna on the hill above.

We did see a hare nearby though which made it a special little visit.

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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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