Ballylowra or Ballydowan : Kist

Grid RefS 555 377
Longitude7° 10' 58.37" W
Latitude52° 29' 16.72" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownInistioge (8 Km)
OS Sheet67
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Tuesday, 18th December 2001

This is very tricky to find. Finding the farm track is easy and locating the farm buildings simpler still, but the tomb is elusive and sitated to the very rear of the first barn that you reach on the right.

The large capstone is almost flush with the ground and the moss cover makes it almost blend in and disappear. The rear edge of the capstone is almost touching the rear of the barn. All that reamins are the two uprights and the cap.

The little wooded grove combined with the moss and the picturesque barn building actually make this otherwise bland site very pretty.

A fine example of a rare megalithic kist.

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From Thomastown head south along the N9. Turn right oppostie the junction with the R699 and follow the road around until 50m or so past a level crossing. I (naughtily) parked in the gateway. Walk along the path until you reach the farm buildings. The tomb is immediately behind the first barn on the right.

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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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