Dromcliff : Round Tower

Grid RefR 329 801
GPSR 32869 80093 (5m)
Longitude8° 59' 49.1" W
Latitude52° 52' 3.38" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownEnnis (2.8 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 16th October 2005

The route I had chosen to take me into Clare drew me close to Ennis and so close to Dromcliff. I didn't know what to expect from the site as I approached along the very, very narrow roads as the map shows a couple of buildings between the road and the tower. As it happens there is a large cemetery between the road and tower, so it's easy enough to reach.

The tower itself is very ruined. Just the bottom 3m is in good condition. Sitting on top of this is a section of wall that reaches a total of 11m. There are no remains of any windows or the door, but the sign inside the cemetery gate does say that say that the door and a couple of windows were still present in the early 1800s.

The poor state of this tower does not make it worth a special visit, although the scenery here is great.

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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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