'The Great Hall' : Cursus

TownlandHill Of Tara
Grid RefN 920 600
GPSN 91995 59981 (5m)
Longitude6° 36' 39" W
Latitude53° 34' 53.84" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDunshaughlin (8.8 Km)
OS Sheet43
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Hill Of Tara - Hill Fort
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 27th January 2002

This is a massive structure some 250m long and 20m wide, represented by two parallel banks that reach 4m in height in places.

Despite being called the Great Hall it is in doubt whether this is actually the Great Hall refered to in legend.

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Saturday, 15th May 2004

I think this is the first time that I have walked up the length of the cursus. I know that it aligns directly on the Mound Of The Hostages, but to reach the top and see it before you is great.

The GPS reading on the left was taken about halfway up. For those that wish to know the north end is at N 91977 60108 (5m) and the south (top) end is at N 91999 59908 (6m), making it almost exactly 200m long.

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Follow the N3 from Dublin and turn left at the Village of Tara. Take the first right (past Rath Maeve) and the Hill Of Tara is 3 km on the left.

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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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