Little Curragh II : Barrow

Grid RefN 743 140
GPSN 74338 13981
Longitude6° 53' 17.58" W
Latitude53° 10' 16.11" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKildare (1.6 Km)
OS Sheet55
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Little Curragh - Barrow Cemetery
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 7th February 2010

As well as the many people visiting this monument it looks as if the army got here first. Well, somebody did! Of all the sites I visited today this is the only one that is seriously damaged (unless you count adding two golf greens to Little Curragh I (County Kildare)!)

Like some of the other Little Curragh barrows this one has a causewayed entrance on the south/southwest side. Here, however, a large trench has been dug past one side of the causeway into the centre of the barrow. Gorse is slowly devouring this monument and its sheltered position between two large military earthworks will only aid the further establishment of the gorse unless it is cleared.

The bank and fosse are well-defined all round the central area. The diameter of the central area is about 8m or so. The fosse is over 1m deep and the bank reaches the same height.

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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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