Moneygashel : Stone Fort

Grid RefH 059 339
GPSH 05948 33926 (3m)
Longitude7° 54' 31.43" W
Latitude54° 15' 14.64" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSwanlinbar (14.9 Km)
OS Sheet26
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 29th June 2008

I was quite excited when I saw the roadside signpost to the cashel. We were heading for the cashel in this townland that has a sweathouse in it. The one that is signposted is not that one, but a different one further up the valley.

This is an impressive and odd site. For a start it is built on a fairly steep slope, which seems very odd. The walls remain to a good height - 4m in places - and the entrance is well-defined with a stack of lintels in place.

There is an odd set of steps built into the outer wall and there is a set of protruding steps on the inside of the wall at the same place. I don't know what purpose the outer steps could have had.

There is a small building against the inside of the north wall and near to this there are two tiny lintelled openings. There is nothing visible behind these as they are full of rubble, but they may lead to a souterrain or something similar.

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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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