Carn : Cairn

CountyMayo
Grid RefG 154 325
GPSG 15614 32545 (3m)
Longitude9° 17' 39.48" W
Latitude54° 14' 5.08" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKillala (5.5 Km)
OS Sheet23
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th April 2009

I was just driving from one site to the next when this site caught my eye. The map has it marked as a cillin or children's graveyard and what you can see from the road is a mound with a small cairn on top that is in turn topped with a cross. Closer inspection shows that this is a cairn that must have been reused as a burial ground for unbaptised infants.

The cairn is over 25m across, flat-topped and stands about 3m high. There are a couple of large slabs - modern memorials or grave markers - lying around on the top. The mini-cairn that supports the cross is about 1.5m high. The ground to the west falls away very gently, but to the west there is a steep, but not deep, drop to the fields below. This has the effect of making the cairn feel quite high up.

The cross is a simple one with a terminalled cross carved on one face.

About 75m to the southwest that is a lime kiln. I wonder how much of the cairn material went into that.


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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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