Cabragh : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefG 560 252
GPSG 56032 25224 (5m)
Longitude8° 40' 24.15" W
Latitude54° 10' 26.52" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallysadare (11.4 Km)
OS Sheet25
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th October 2004

Looking down on to this tomb from the road 30m above it looks a complete mess, but closer inspection reveals a wonderful monument. The appearance of messiness is caused by the displaced roofstones which stick up out of the gallery .

The site occupies a small, flat shelf on the side of a steep west facing slope. There are amazing views to the west, where Knocknashee (County Sligo) sits all alone in its vast plane. The farmer told me that you can see five counties from here and I can believe it.

The gallery is 10m long and aligned northeast-southwest with the well defined entrance at the SW. As no roofstone remains over the entrance it is hard to say if it was a portico or a mini court feature. Around the gallery is the most complete double-walling I have ever seen - at least I assume it's double walling and not an extremely tight kerb .

This is a delightful spot and well off the beaten track. The 3km diversion up a country lane definitely shouldn't put you off visiting this site.

A kerb is a ring of stones placed around the perimeter of a burial mound or cairn. It basically serves the purpose of a retaining wall to keep the cairn or earth in place. Kerbs are usually associated with passage tombs, but do occur on court tombs and wedge tombs too.

Sometimes on passage tombs the stones can bear decoration, such as at Newgrange (County Meath).

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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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